South Atlantic Water Science Center (SAWSC)

Water Quality

Our Data Networks:

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: November 2, 2016
Status: Active

Amphibian Research and Monitoring Initiative (ARMI) - Southeast Region Water Quality

The U.S. Geological Survey's (USGS) Amphibian Research and Monitoring Initiative (ARMI) began in 2000 with the goal of determining the status and trends of amphibian populations throughout the U.S. The program was designed to provide information useful in determining causes of declines or other changes in population distributions.  Personnel in the South Atlantic Water Science Center are...

Date published: October 24, 2016
Status: Completed

Fate and Transport of Pathogens and Nutrients from Land-Applied Animal Manures

This collaborative project between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and the USGS was conducted as part of a larger research program being undertaken by USEPA and the U.S Department of Agriculture at several research sites throughout the United States. Goals included:

1. Obtain detailed data concerning the survival of pathogenic microorganisms from manure applied to soil...

Date published: October 24, 2016
Status: Completed

Factors Affecting Nitrogen and Phosphorus Loads in Nutrient-Sensitive Water of Eastern North Carolina

Data collected between 1997 and 2008 at 48 stream sites were used to characterize relations between watershed settings and stream nutrient yields throughout central and eastern North Carolina. The focus of the investigation was to identify environmental variables in watersheds that influence nutrient export for supporting the development and prioritization of management strategies for...

Date published: October 19, 2016

Effects of Land-Applied Biosolids on Water Quality in the Jordan Lake Watershed, North Carolina

Land application of municipal wastewater biosolids is the most common method of biosolids management used in North Carolina and the United States. Biosolids have characteristics that may be beneficial to soil and plants. Land application can take advantage of these beneficial qualities, whereas disposal in landfills or incineration poses no beneficial use of the waste.

However, recent...

Contacts: Chad R Wagner
Date published: October 11, 2016
Status: Active

Ft. Gordon, Georgia, Stormwater Assessment

Fort Gordon is a U.S. Department of the Army facility located in east-central Georgia, approximately 10 miles west of Augusta, Georgia). The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) South Atlantic Water Science Center is working cooperatively with the U.S. Department of the Army Environmental and Natural Resources Management Office of the U.S. Army Signal Center and Fort Gordon to assess the quality of...

Contacts: Doug D Nagle
Date published: October 11, 2016
Status: Active

Investigation of Flow Patterns, Water-Quantity and Water-Quality Conditions in the Bushy Park Reservoir, Charleston, South Carolina

The U.S. Geological Survey South Atlantic Water Science Center, South Carolina office, in cooperation with Charleston Water System (CWS), is evaluating the hydrodynamics of the Bushy Park Reservoir to determine the effects on water-quality conditions.

Contacts: Paul A Conrads
Date published: October 4, 2016
Status: Active

Groundwater Monitoring Program for the Brunswick-Glynn County Area, Georgia

In the Brunswick, Georgia area, saltwater has contaminated the Upper Floridan aquifer for nearly 50 years. Saltwater contamination has constrained further development of the Upper Floridan aquifer in the Brunswick area, which has stimulated interest in the development of alternative sources of water supply, primarily from the shallower surficial and Brunswick aquifer systems.

USGS is...

Contacts: Gregory Cherry
Date published: October 4, 2016
Status: Completed

Geohydrology and Effects of Climate and Pumpage Change on Water Resources of the Aucilla–Suwannee–Ochlockonee River Basin, South-Central Georgia and Adjacent Areas of Florida, Progress and Significant Results, 2006—2007

Episodic droughts and increased pumpage since the mid-1970s have caused unprecedented ground-water level decline in the Upper Floridan aquifer in much of the roughly 8,000 square-mile Aucilla-Suwannee-Ochlockonee (ASO) River Basin.

To address concerns about water availability, USGS worked with Georgia Environmental Protection Division to improve understanding of the hydrogeologic...

Date published: October 3, 2016
Status: Active

Phytoremediation of PAH-Contaminated Groundwater: Contaminant Remediation and Hydrologic Control

A priority issue for the USGS is to contribute to understanding the processes associated with waste isolation and remediation of contaminated environments. This a research involves developing new methods for acquiring water resources information, including methods of data collection and analysis, and producing new understanding that describes or explains processes important to water-related...

Contacts: James Landmeyer
Date published: October 3, 2016
Status: Active

Collection and Interpretation of Near Real-Time Surface-Water Quality and Flow Data at Selected Sites in the Waccamaw and Pee Dee River Basins Horry County, South Carolina

This proposed investigation aims to increase the frequency of surface-water quality data collection and initiate stream-flow data collection near existing DHEC ambient sites in Horry County. State-of-the-art water-quality and flow sensors that can collect and report water quality and stream-flow data in near real-time will be installed at 3 sites that are currently on the 303(d) list for SC in...

Date published: October 3, 2016
Status: Active

Development and Application of a Groundwater Flow and Management Model and Assessment of Groundwater Contamination, Chesterfield County Region, South Carolina

The objective of the investigation was to develop and apply a groundwater flow and groundwater management model that can be used to better manage the groundwater resources in the Chesterfield County, S.C. area. Objectives of these better management practices would be to help assure sustainability of the groundwater resources in the area. A groundwater-flow model was developed for the Coastal...

Contacts: Bruce Campbell
Date published: October 3, 2016
Status: Active

Application of Phreatophytes to Remediate Contaminated Groundwater Before Discharge to Protected Surface-Water Systems

State environmental agencies are charged with the protection of groundwater and surface-water systems from water-quality degradation. Although the point-source discharge of wastes to surface waters is allowed up to permitted levels, contaminant releases from non-point sources, such as the discharge of contaminated groundwater, is not regulated. A common cause of groundwater contamination is...

Contacts: James Landmeyer