South Atlantic Water Science Center (SAWSC)

Water Quality

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Real-time water quality:             Georgia |  North Carolina  |  South Carolina
Historical water quality:             Georgia  |  North Carolina  |  South Carolina
Site information:                       Georgia  |  North Carolina  |  South Carolina

Our list of water-quality projects and topics are listed below (view the list of archived projects for Water Quality).


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Filter Total Items: 40
Date published: January 26, 2017
Status: Active

Triangle Area, NC, Water Supply Monitoring

The Research Triangle area, located within the upper Cape Fear and Neuse River basins, is one of the most rapidly developing areas in the Nation. Growth has increased demand for water from public suppliers, the majority of which draw water from streams and lakes in the region. Growth also brings the threat of greater loads of contaminants and new contaminant sources that, if not properly...

Contacts: Mary L Giorgino
Date published: January 24, 2017
Status: Active

Assessment of Groundwater Availability in Aiken County, South Carolina

The objective of this project is to develop a groundwater-flow model that can be used by Aiken County water managers to manage current and projected reported and unreported demands on groundwater resource and to ensure the highest quality of groundwater.

Project Chief: Bruce Campbell
Cooperator: Aiken County, Gilbert-Summit Rural Water District, City of Aiken, Breezy Hill Water and...

Contacts: Bruce Campbell
Date published: January 20, 2017
Status: Active

Stratification and Water Quality of Jordan Lake, North Carolina

The New Hope arm of Jordan Lake, located in Chatham County, North Carolina, serves as a drinking-water supply for the Towns of Cary, Apex, and Morrisville. The reservoir is listed as impaired due to nutrient over-enrichment and occasionally experiences algal blooms and fish kills.

In order to evaluate effects of installing a vertical-mixing system on the New Hope arm of Jordan Lake, the...

Contacts: Mary L Giorgino
Date published: January 20, 2017
Status: Active

North Carolina Shale Gas Baseline Groundwater Sampling Project

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) South Atlantic Water Science Center is conducted an inventory of well records and baseline groundwater-quality sampling to better delineate areas of groundwater use and groundwater-quality characteristics prior to potential shale gas exploration in the Triassic Basins of Lee and Chatham Counties, North Carolina. The compilation of baseline groundwater-quality...

Date published: January 19, 2017
Status: Completed

Roanoke River Water-Quality Monitoring and Modeling, N.C.

The relations among river flow, floodplain water level, and instream dissolved-oxygen (DO) concentrations are important but poorly understood for the Roanoke River. Flooding and floodplain inundation no longer follow a natural seasonal pattern of flooding in the winter and occasionally in the fall, and lower flows throughout the remainder of the year, but are primarily governed by upstream...

Contacts: Sean D Egen
Date published: January 11, 2017

Surface-Water Quality in Agricultural Watersheds of the North Carolina Coastal Plain Associated with Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations

The effects of concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) on water quality were investigated at 54 agricultural stream sites throughout the North Carolina Coastal Plain during 2012 and 2013.

Three general watershed land-use types were examined during the study, including 18 background watersheds with no active CAFOs, 18 watersheds with one or more active swine CAFOs but no poultry...

Date published: December 27, 2016
Status: Active

Completed and Archived Projects - Water Quality, SAWSC

Completed and Archived Projects - Water Quality, SAWSC

Date published: December 16, 2016
Status: Active

Environmental Fate and Transport of Contaminants of Emerging Concern (CEC), South Carolina

The contaminants of emerging concern (CEC) umbrella covers several broad classes of contaminants that include: pharmaceuticals and personal care products, organic wastewater compounds, antimicrobials, antibiotics, animal and human hormones, as well as domestic and industrial detergents. The potential impacts of CECs on the environment, in general, and on natural surface-water and riparian...

Date published: December 9, 2016
Status: Active

Determination of Changes in Water Quality, Streambed Sediment, and Benthic Macroinvertebrates as a Result of Stormwater Runoff from Selected Bridges in South Carolina

Past stormwater monitoring has indicated that bridge deck runoff has relatively high concentrations of a variety of constituents such as nutrients, solids, pesticides, trace metals, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). The objective of this investigation is to quantify the downstream changes in receiving water-quality conditions during periods of observable stormwater runoff from...

Date published: November 9, 2016
Status: Active

Mid-Currituck Bridge Water Quality, Currituck Sound, North Carolina

The North Carolina Department of Transportation is planning to make transportation improvements in the Currituck Sound area by constructing a three-lane bridge from U.S. Highway 158 just south of Coinjock, North Carolina, to State Highway 12 on the Outer Banks just south of Corolla, North Carolina. From Aug 2011 to early 2018, the USGS will be collecting regular water-quality samples as well...

Date published: November 8, 2016
Status: Completed

Evaluation of Nutrients in Durham County, North Carolina, Urban Streams

Falls Lake and Jordan Lake are included in the North Carolina Division of Water Quality's 303(d) list of "impaired" waters due to violations of the State chlorophyll-a standard caused by excessive nutrient inputs. Scientific data are needed allocate resources to achieve nutrient reduction targets have been adopted for the Falls Lake and Jordan Lake watersheds for stormwater, as well as for...

Date published: November 5, 2016
Status: Active

Influence of subsurface drains on contaminant source and fate, Site 45, Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has begun examination of particular aspects associated with groundwater contamination by chlorinated solvents (Tetra Tech NUS, Inc., 2004, 2005) at Site 45, Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD), Parris Island, South Carolina. The groundwater contamination plume is characterized by two major lobes, hereafter referred to the southern and northern parts of the...

Contacts: Don A Vroblesky