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South Atlantic Water Science Center (SAWSC)

Our Center's priority is to continue the important work of the Department of the Interior and the USGS, while also maintaining the health and safety of our employees and community.  Based on guidance from the White House, the CDC, and state and local authorities, we are shifting our operations to a virtual mode and have minimal staffing within our offices.

News

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BacteriALERT celebrates 20 years of monitoring the Chattahoochee River

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Southeast Region (SER) Science Workshop: Identifying Science to Meet Administration Priorities and the Needs of Our Stakeholders

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USGS Unveils Mobile Flood Tool for the Nation

Publications

Hydrology and water quality in 15 watersheds in DeKalb County, Georgia, 2012–16

The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with DeKalb County Department of Watershed Management, established a long-term water-quantity and water-quality monitoring program in 2012 to monitor and analyze the hydrologic and water-quality conditions of 15 watersheds in DeKalb County, Georgia—an urban and suburban area located in north-central Georgia that includes the easternmost part of the City o

A call to record stormwater control functions and to share network data

Urban stormwater is an ongoing contributor to the degradation of the health of many watersheds and water bodies. In the United States, federal regulations (e.g., Clean Water Act) require monitoring and reporting of relevant water quality metrics in regulated waterbodies to ensure standards are being met, but decisions about how to manage urban stormwater are left up to state or other local agencie

Food, beverage, and feedstock processing facility wastewater: a unique and underappreciated source of contaminants to U.S. streams

Process wastewaters from food, beverage, and feedstock facilities, although regulated, are an under-investigated environmental contaminant source. Food process wastewaters (FPWWs) from 23 facilities in 17 U.S. states were sampled and documented for a plethora of chemical and microbial contaminants. Of the 576 analyzed organics, 184 (32%) were detected at least once, with concentrations as large as

Science

Effects of Impoundments on Selected Streamflow Characteristics

The objective of this investigation will be to assess the effects of impoundments on streamflow across the contiguous hydrologic regions in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia as defined by Feaster and others (2014, 2009). Given the historic flooding in South Carolina in October 2015 following Hurricane Joaquin (Feaster and others, 2015) and in South Carolina and North Carolina in October...
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Effects of Impoundments on Selected Streamflow Characteristics

The objective of this investigation will be to assess the effects of impoundments on streamflow across the contiguous hydrologic regions in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia as defined by Feaster and others (2014, 2009). Given the historic flooding in South Carolina in October 2015 following Hurricane Joaquin (Feaster and others, 2015) and in South Carolina and North Carolina in October...
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Techniques for Estimating Magnitude and Frequency of Floods for Rural Basins in the Southeastern United States

Reliable estimates of the magnitude and frequency of floods are part of the technically-based framework for hydraulic-structure design and flood-plain delineation in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia. Annual peak flows measured at U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) streamflow gaging stations (stations) are used to compute flood frequency estimates for a location on a stream. However, such...
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Techniques for Estimating Magnitude and Frequency of Floods for Rural Basins in the Southeastern United States

Reliable estimates of the magnitude and frequency of floods are part of the technically-based framework for hydraulic-structure design and flood-plain delineation in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia. Annual peak flows measured at U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) streamflow gaging stations (stations) are used to compute flood frequency estimates for a location on a stream. However, such...
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South Carolina Streams Stats: Phase 2

This project will enhance the USGS StreamStats web application in South Carolina (Phase II) by incorporating additional tools and functionality into the current (2019) application. In addition, a separate application, Floodplain Width and Indirect Determination of Extent (Flood WIDE), will be developed to incorporate functions that will provide additional tools for 5 the SCDOT and other engineers...
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South Carolina Streams Stats: Phase 2

This project will enhance the USGS StreamStats web application in South Carolina (Phase II) by incorporating additional tools and functionality into the current (2019) application. In addition, a separate application, Floodplain Width and Indirect Determination of Extent (Flood WIDE), will be developed to incorporate functions that will provide additional tools for 5 the SCDOT and other engineers...
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