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Photo of a young girl drinking water, which likely originated from groundwater sources. 
January 19, 2017

A regional assessment of untreated groundwater in the Southeastern Coastal Plain aquifer system is now available from the U.S. Geological Survey.

Photo of a young girl drinking water, which likely originated from groundwater sources. 
January 19, 2017

A regional assessment of untreated groundwater in the combined Valley and Ridge and Piedmont and Blue Ridge aquifers in the eastern United States is now available from the U.S. Geological Survey.

Hydrologic technician Samantha Kephart.points out a high water mark
October 21, 2016

The heavy rains and storm surge Hurricane Matthew produced caused severe flooding in many parts of the south east, resulting in almost 40 peak flood records. As the flood waters continue to recede from some affected areas, the U. S. Geological Survey will continue its efforts to record this historic flooding. Click here to learn more about the work the USGS has completed for Hurricane Matthew.

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The Water Cycle for Schools Poster
February 20, 2017

The Water Cycle for Schools

The water cycle describes how Earth's water is not only always changing forms, between liquid (rain), solid (ice), and gas (vapor), but also moving on, above, and in the Earth. This process is always happening everywhere.

Our USGS Water Science School has an in-depth...

Image: USGS Documents 2015 Western U.S. Drought
February 17, 2017

When rainfall is less than normal for several weeks, months, or years, the flow of streams and rivers declines, water levels in lakes and reservoirs fall, and the depth to water in wells increases. If dry weather persists and water-supply problems develop, the dry period can become a drought.

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Dried up lake in Georgia - DroughtWatch
February 16, 2017

Find out about drought conditions in Georgia. Our page offers links to maps and data, as well as Georgia and National drought links, drought resources from other agencies, and pertinent publications.

USGS scientists working during the epic September 2009 flood in Georgia. Power Springs Creek (02336870)
February 10, 2017

“USGS long-term streamgages and groundwater wells are like a fine wine…they get better with age!”

The accurate, long-term monitoring networks of SAWSC provide valuable data in real-time and historical perspective to...

September 2009 Flooding. Chattahoochee River near Whitesburg (02338000)
February 8, 2017

Many days of continuous heavy rain in mid-September have resulted in flooding in many parts of Georgia, especially in north Georgia and the Atlanta region. The rains produced streamflows of record proportions. rivers and streams had magnitudes so great that the odds of it happening were less than 0.2 percent in any given year. In other words, there was less than a 1 in 500...

SW Georgia Agricultural Water Conservation and Metering Program
February 3, 2017

Since November 2008, the U.S. Geological Survey has investigated methods to estimate agricultural water use and growing season pumping rates through the analysis of water-meter data throughout southwest Georgia. Reports are available by year.

Go to the SW Georgia Agricultural Water Conservation and Metering...

Diagram of the Water Cycle
February 2, 2017

The South Atlantic Water Science Center conducts research and investigations related to topics such as groundwater and surface-water quality related to anthropogenic and agricultural activities, hydraulic and hydrologic modeling, tracking the movement of groundwater contamination, groundwater resource assessments and modeling, ecological assessments and response to urbanization, and estimating...

Real-time precipitation networks for Georgia and North Carolina
February 1, 2017

We now have a map and data table-based system to allow you to view real-time precipitation at Georgia and North Carolina water-monitoring sites. The rainfall maps and tables are updated continuously and display data from the last 1-3 hours up to 7-28 days.

• Go to the Real-Time Precipitation Web site for:    ...

The flood-inundation mapping sites in Georgia.
February 1, 2017

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has created flood-inundation maps for selected streamgage sites in Georgia. These maps depict the approximate area that would be inundated at selected water levels, ranging from approximately top-of-bank to the maximum observed water level. The inundated areas depicted on these maps are approximate, and accuracy of the maps is a function of the accuracy of the...

January 30, 2017

Welcome to the new Web site for the USGS South Atlantic Water Science Center! 

Here you will find data and information about the water resources of Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

Find out about our site and how you can send us comments...

Cyanobacteria on Mozingo Lake, MO
January 25, 2017

Background:   How safe is it to swim, wade, and boat in the Chattahoochee River today? For a highly urbanized river such as the Chattahoochee, much of the answer depends on bacteria levels in the water. This website provides "real time" turbidity data, the estimated Escherichia coli (E coli) bacteria count, the most recent E. coli bacteria counts (sample collected each...

Researchers Processing Samples
December 15, 2016

The Challenge: The Upper Conasauga River is critical habitat for numerous rare, endangered, and threatened species of freshwater fish and mussels. However, their populations have significantly declined over the past decade. Previous research found elevated levels of nitrate in surface waters and hormones in sediments. Sexual development was significantly altered in western mosquitofish (...

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March 23, 2017

River Basins

This page allows you to use river basins to narrow your search for sites with real-time and daily-mean hydrologic data.

River Basins: GA || NC || SC 

Surface-water data for the South Atlantic Water Science Center (NWISWeb)
February 6, 2017

Surface-water data for the South Atlantic Water Science Center (NWISWeb)

Real-time, daily, peak-flow, field measurements, and statistics of current and historical data that describe stream levels, streamflow (discharge), reservoir and lake levels, surface-water quality, and rainfall in Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina.

Current Conditions:  Georgia  ||  North Carolina  ||  South Carolina
Historical:  Georgia  ||  North Carolina  ||  South Carolina

Groundwater data for the South Atlantic Water Science Center (NWISWeb)
February 3, 2017

Groundwater data for the South Atlantic Water Science Center (NWISWeb)

Data from wells, springs, test holes, tunnels, drains, and excavations in Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina; well location data includes information such as latitude and longitude, well depth, and aquifer. Current and historical observations, and daily data are offered.

Current Conditions: Georgia || North Carolina || South Carolina
Historical: Georgia || North Carolina || South Carolina

Real-time precipitation networks for Georgia and North Carolina
February 1, 2017

Real-Time Precipitation Network Mapper

Real-time precipitation data is available in our map-driven application for Georgia and North Carolina. You can use a map to select a precipitation-monitoring site and view precipitation amounts for the previous hours and days. A data table shows precipitation at all sites within the state.

Go to the mapper:  Georgia  ||  North Carolina

Example of a flood inundation map from Indiana
January 3, 2017

Flood Inundation Mapping

USGS Flood Inundation Maps, along with Internet information regarding current stage from the USGS streamgage, provide emergency management personnel and residents with information that is critical for flood-response activities, such as evacuations and road closures, as well as for post-flood recovery efforts.

Interactive Mapper screen grab: Potential coastal change impacts during a direct landfall of Hurricane Matthew: NHC Advisory 033
October 7, 2016

Coastal Change Hazards Portal

Information and products are organized within three coastal change hazard themes: 1) extreme storms, 2) shoreline change, and 3) sea-level rise. Each data item represents an individual research product, with some items grouped together as aggregates to show the breadth of the topic and make it easy to explore.

The USGS Flood Event Viewer (FEV) is the public data discovery component of the Short-Term Network (STN) database. Data viewable
October 7, 2016

Hurricane and Flood Response Map Viewer

The USGS Flood Event Viewer (FEV) is the public data discovery component of the Short-Term Network (STN) database. Data viewable and downloadable from this page are from the STN database. This application integrates with the USGS National Water Information System (NWIS) database  for display of time-series water data.

Water-quality data for the South Atlantic Water Science Center (NWISWeb)
September 22, 2016

Water-quality data for the South Atlantic Water Science Center (NWISWeb)

Chemical, physical, and biological properties of water, sediment, and tissue samples from Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina. Water-quality data are collected as either discrete field measurements or as continuous time-series data from automated recorders.

Current Conditions:  Georgia  ||  North Carolina  ||  South Carolina
Historical:  Georgia  ||  North Carolina  ||  South Carolina

Water use data for the South Atlantic Water Science Center (NWISWeb)
September 22, 2016

Water use data for the South Atlantic Water Science Center (NWIS)

Water-use data are collected by area type (state, county, watershed, or aquifer) and source (rivers or groundwater), and category (such as public supply or irrigation). Water-use data has been reported every five years since 1950. The USGS works with local, State, and Federal agencies as well as other organizations to collect and report withdrawals.

Georgia || North Carolina || South Carolina

National Water Information System - Web Mapper applications
September 21, 2016

National Water Information System - Web Mapper application

This mapper provides access to over 1.5 million sites contained in the USGS National Water Information System (NWIS), including sites where surface-water, groundwater, springs, and atmospheric data has been collected.

Georgia  ||  North Carolina  ||  South Carolina
United States

GroundWater Watch - Use maps, charts, and tables to view USGS groundwater data.
September 21, 2016

GroundWater Watch - View groundwater data using maps, graphs, and tables.

WaterWatch is a U.S. Geological Survey Web site that displays maps, graphs, and tables describing real-time, recent, and past streamflow conditions for the United States. The real-time information generally is updated on an hourly basis.

Real time streamflow: Georgia || North Carolina || South Carolina || United States
Other WaterWatch streamflow data 

WaterWatch - Use maps, charts, and tables to view USGS water data.
September 21, 2016

WaterWatch - View streamflow data using maps, graphs, and tables.

WaterWatch is a U.S. Geological Survey Web site that displays maps, graphs, and tables describing real-time, recent, and past streamflow conditions for the United States. The real-time information generally is updated on an hourly basis.

Real time streamflow: Georgia || North Carolina || South Carolina || United States
Other WaterWatch streamflow data 

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Map of Augusta Georgia groundwater wells
November 7, 2016

Georgia Augusta Richmond County Groundwater Level Network

North Platte, Nebraska US Topo quadrangle: 2014
September 26, 2016

Network wells depicted on the Climate Response Network location map
Note: Color shading in the table below indicates multiple wells that plot as a single point on the state location map above.
Note: BLS = Water Level in Feet Below Land Surface, RVD = Water Level referenced to a vertical datum

Potentiometric surface of the Upper Floridan aquifer, southwestern Albany area, Georgia, March, 1999.
September 23, 2016

Potentiometric surface - Upper Floridan aquifer, SW Albany, Ga, March 1999

Hurricane Louisiana Coast
September 14, 2016

June 1 marks the beginning of hurricane season. Should storms arrive on the Louisiana coast, the people in coastal communities across the State, along with many Federal, State, and local agencies will need to know how the storms are affecting the coastal and low-lying areas.The USGS maintains an extensive network of coastal gages that provides critical time-sensitive water level.

Digital Elevation Model in the Atchafalaya Basin, LA
April 19, 2016

The 3DEP products and services available through The National Map consist of standard digital elevation models (DEMs) at various horizontal resolutions, elevation source and associated datasets, an elevation point query service and bulk point query service. All 3DEP products are available, free of charge and without use restrictions.

USGS Storm-Tide Mapper and Data Services
March 8, 2016

The USGS Storm Tide Mapper is a tool for viewing, analyzing, and accessing storm tide data collected during and after hurricanes and Nor’easters. The USGS Storm Tide Mapper will continue to provide a unified and consistent source of real-time and archived storm-tide data.

Map shows color-coded seafloor character offshore of Monterey, California
March 7, 2016

This portal is a “go to” source for maps related to ocean and coastal mapping. Information is organized by geography or region, by theme, and by the year data was published.

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A field and statistical modeling study to estimate irrigation water use at Benchmark Farms study sites in southwestern Georgia, 1995-96
Year Published: 2001

A field and statistical modeling study to estimate irrigation water use at Benchmark Farms study sites in southwestern Georgia, 1995-96

A benchmark irrigation monitoring network of farms located in a 32-county area in southwestern Georgia was established in 1995 to improve estimates of irrigation water use. A stratified random sample of 500 permitted irrigators was selected from a data base--maintained by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Georgia Environmental...

Fanning, Julia L.; Schwarz, Gregory E.; Lewis, William C.
A field and statistical modeling study to estimate irrigation water use at Benchmark Farms study sites in southwestern Georgia, 1995-96; 2001; WRI; 2000-4292; Fanning, Julia L.; Schwarz, Gregory E.; Lewis, William C.
Flood-tracking chart for the Chattahoochee River Basin in Metropolitan Atlanta, Georgia
Year Published: 2006

Flood-tracking chart for the Chattahoochee River Basin in Metropolitan Atlanta, Georgia

Publication's summary is not available

LaFontaine, Jacob H.; McCallum, Brian E.; Stamey, Timothy C.; Wipperfurth, Caryl J.
Flood-tracking chart for the Chattahoochee River Basin in Metropolitan Atlanta, Georgia; 2006; GIP; 34; LaFontaine, Jacob H.; McCallum, Brian E.; Stamey, Timothy C.; Wipperfurth, Caryl J.
Annual dissolved nitrite plus nitrate and total phosphorous loads for the Susquehanna, St. Lawrence, Mississippi-Atchafalaya, and Columbia River basins, 1968-2004
Year Published: 2006

Annual dissolved nitrite plus nitrate and total phosphorous loads for the Susquehanna, St. Lawrence, Mississippi-Atchafalaya, and Columbia River basins, 1968-2004

Aulenbach, Brent T.
Annual dissolved nitrite plus nitrate and total phosphorous loads for the Susquehanna, St. Lawrence, Mississippi-Atchafalaya, and Columbia River basins, 1968-2004; 2006; OFR; 2006-1087; Aulenbach, Brent T.
A Graphical Method for Estimation of Barometric Efficiency from Continuous Data - Concepts and Application to a Site in the Piedmont, Air Force Plant 6, Marietta, Georgia
Year Published: 2007

A Graphical Method for Estimation of Barometric Efficiency from Continuous Data - Concepts and Application to a Site in the Piedmont, Air Force Plant 6, Marietta, Georgia

Gonthier, Gerard J.
A Graphical Method for Estimation of Barometric Efficiency from Continuous Data - Concepts and Application to a Site in the Piedmont, Air Force Plant 6, Marietta, Georgia; 2007; SIR; 2007-5111; Gonthier, Gerard J.
Algal and Invertebrate Community Composition along Agricultural Gradients: A Comparative Study from Two Regions of the Eastern United States
Year Published: 2008

Algal and Invertebrate Community Composition along Agricultural Gradients: A Comparative Study from Two Regions of the Eastern United States

Calhoun, Daniel L.; Gregory, M. Brian; Weyers, Holly S.
Algal and Invertebrate Community Composition along Agricultural Gradients: A Comparative Study from Two Regions of the Eastern United States; 2008; SIR; 2008-5046; Calhoun, Daniel L.; Gregory, M. Brian; Weyers, Holly S.
Acoustic Doppler current profiler applications used in rivers and estuaries by the U.S. Geological Survey
Year Published: 2009

Acoustic Doppler current profiler applications used in rivers and estuaries by the U.S. Geological Survey

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has collected streamflow information for the Nation's streams since 1889. Streamflow information is used to predict floods, manage and allocate water resources, design engineering structures, compute water-quality loads, and operate water-control structures. The current (2007) size of the USGS streamgaging network...

Gotvald, Anthony J.; Oberg, Kevin A.
Acoustic Doppler current profiler applications used in rivers and estuaries by the U.S. Geological Survey; 2009; FS; 2008-3096; Gotvald, Anthony J.; Oberg, Kevin A.
Effects of including surface depressions in the application of the Precipitation-Runoff Modeling System in the Upper Flint River Basin, Georgia
Year Published: 2010

Effects of including surface depressions in the application of the Precipitation-Runoff Modeling System in the Upper Flint River Basin, Georgia

This report documents an extension of the Precipitation Runoff Modeling System that accounts for the effect of a large number of water-holding depressions in the land surface on the hydrologic response of a basin. Several techniques for developing the inputs needed by this extension also are presented. These techniques include the delineation of...

Viger, Roland J.; Hay, Lauren E.; Jones, John W.; Buell, Gary R.
Effects of including surface depressions in the application of the Precipitation-Runoff Modeling System in the Upper Flint River Basin, Georgia; 2010; SIR; 2010-5062; Viger, Roland J.; Hay, Lauren E.; Jones, John W.; Buell, Gary R.
2010 update—Streamflow characteristics at selected sites in southwestern Georgia, southeastern Alabama, and northwestern Florida, near Lake Seminole
Year Published: 2011

2010 update—Streamflow characteristics at selected sites in southwestern Georgia, southeastern Alabama, and northwestern Florida, near Lake Seminole

Since the first edition of this report was published in 1996, continuous streamflow data have been recorded in the tri-state area of Alabama, Georgia, and Florida, near Lake Seminole. Several notable floods and severe droughts have occurred during this additional 16-year period that have sparked the need to include these additional recorded data...

Stamey, Timothy C.
2010 update—Streamflow characteristics at selected sites in southwestern Georgia, southeastern Alabama, and northwestern Florida, near Lake Seminole; 2011; OFR; 2011-1278; Stamey, Timothy C.
Assessment of Hyporheic Zone, Flood-Plain, Soil-Gas, Soil, and Surface-Water Contamination at the McCoys Creek Chemical Training Area, Fort Gordon, Georgia, 2009-2010
Year Published: 2011

Assessment of Hyporheic Zone, Flood-Plain, Soil-Gas, Soil, and Surface-Water Contamination at the McCoys Creek Chemical Training Area, Fort Gordon, Georgia, 2009-2010

The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of the Army Environmental and Natural Resources Management Office of the U.S. Army Signal Center and Fort Gordon, Georgia, assessed the hyporheic zone, flood plain, soil gas, soil, and surface water for contaminants at the McCoys Creek Chemical Training Area (MCTA) at Fort Gordon...

Guimaraes, Wladmir B.; Falls, W. Fred; Caldwell, Andral W.; Ratliff, W. Hagan; Wellborn, John B.; Landmeyer, James E.
Assessment of Hyporheic Zone, Flood-Plain, Soil-Gas, Soil, and Surface-Water Contamination at the McCoys Creek Chemical Training Area, Fort Gordon, Georgia, 2009-2010; 2011; OFR; 2011-1267; Guimaraes, Wladmir B. ; Falls, W. Fred ; Caldwell, Andral W. ; Ratliff, W. Hagan ; Wellborn, John B. ; Landmeyer, James E.
Assessment of hyporheic zone, flood-plain, soil-gas, soil, and surface-water contamination at the Old Incinerator Area, Fort Gordon, Georgia, 2009-2010
Year Published: 2011

Assessment of hyporheic zone, flood-plain, soil-gas, soil, and surface-water contamination at the Old Incinerator Area, Fort Gordon, Georgia, 2009-2010

The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of the Army Environmental and Natural Resources Management Office of the U.S. Army Signal Center and Fort Gordon, Georgia, assessed the hyporheic zone, flood plain, soil gas, soil, and surface-water for contaminants at the Old Incinerator Area at Fort Gordon, from October 2009 to...

Guimaraes, Wladmir B.; Falls, W. Fred; Caldwell, Andral W.; Ratliff, W. Hagan; Wellborn, John B.; Landmeyer, James E.
Assessment of hyporheic zone, flood-plain, soil-gas, soil, and surface-water contamination at the Old Incinerator Area, Fort Gordon, Georgia, 2009-2010; 2011; OFR; 2011-1201; Guimaraes, Wladmir B.; Falls, W. Fred; Caldwell, Andral W.; Ratliff, W. Hagan; Wellborn, John B.; Landmeyer, James E.
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October 7, 2016
This was a Facebook Live Video conducted with USGS Hydrologist, Brian McCallum from the South Atlantic Water Science Center in Norcross, GA. The original URL for this Facebook Live video is at: https://www.facebook.com/USGeologicalSurvey/videos/1179388798773768/
Pictures comparing a freshwater spring during normal groundwater levels and during a drought, when groundwater levels had fallen
July 19, 2016
Comparison of water from an underground spring in Georgia during non-drought and drought periods. Radium Springs, Albany, Georgia, USA Freshwater springs on the land's surface are fed by groudwater findings its way to the surface. But, groundwater levels go up and down depending on the supply of water from precipitation and flow through the ground. During a drought, groundwater levels can fall,...
Suspended sediment from a tributary can affect water quality of a receiving river.
2016 (approx.)
Sediment-Laden Tributary Entering a Clearer River In this picture, sediment-laden water from a inflow tributary stream is entering a much clearer river, the Chattahoochee River in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Just like all rivers, the Chattahoochee River has a main stem with tributaries coming into it at various points along its path. These tributaries contribute water to the main-stem flow. The...
Aerial picture of Atlanta, Georgia showing paved areas, an example of impervious surfaces.
2016 (approx.)
Impervious Surfaces and Flooding If you are not familiar with the term "impervious surface," this picture of a typical landscape in suburban Atlanta, Georgia, USA, will help explain it. As cities grow and more development occurs, the natural landscape is replaced by roads, buildings, housing developments, and parking lots. The metro Atlanta region has experienced explosive growth over the last 50...
As US models predicted Hurricane Joaquin washed out a road at Kitty Hawk, NC in 2015.
2016 (approx.)
As US models predicted Hurricane Joaquin washed out a road at Kitty Hawk, NC in 2015.
Source and use of freshwater, Georgia, 2010
2012 (approx.)
This diagram uses a "cylinder and pipe" layout to show the source (surface water or groundwater) of the North Carolina's freshwater and for what purposes the water was used in 2010. The data are broken out for each category of use by surface water and groundwater as the source. The top row of cylinders represents where America's freshwater came from (source) in 2010, either from surface water (...
Image: Flint River Below Georgia Power Dam
June 22, 2011
Flint River Below Georgia Power Dam.
Water quality sampling, Sope Creek near Atlanta, Georgia.
October 18, 2009
Water quality sampling in a creek, Atlanta, Georgia —————————————————————————— Scientists from the USGS South Atlantic Water Science Center are sampling Sope Creek, Cobb County, west of Atlanta, Georgia. Chemical and physical consituents can vary from bank to bank even in a small creek like this. Just taking a single sample from a chosen horizontal and vertical point in the creek would not give...
Peachtree Creek, Atlanta, Ga. water monitoring site showing USGS monitoring equipment.
September 23, 2009
Peachtree Creek at Atlanta (USGS 02336300) Water Monitoring Site There are many pieces of equipment, both mechanical and electronic, that are installed at the Peachtree Creek monitoring site to measure, record, and transmit both water-quantity and water-quality information. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) monitors "real-time" streamflow and water-quality conditions for thousands of streams...
Peachtree Creek, Atlanta, Ga. Sept 2009-Epic flooding results in water overwashing a bridge over the creek.
September 22, 2009
Epic flooding conditions at Peachtree Creek, Atlanta, Ga., September 2009. The picture was taken during the epic September 2009 flooding event, which caused the creek to peak at a 23 foot stage. In this flood, the high water did not happen becuase of the usual circumstances - rain falling upstream of the site accumulating and flowing downstream to this site. Here, Peachtree Creek flows into the...
USGS hydrographer preparing to measure streamflow at the Chattahoochee River, GA below Morgan Falls Dam water-monitoring site.
September 21, 2009
Many days of continuous heavy rain in mid-September have resulted in flooding in many parts of Georgia, especially in north Georgia and the Atlanta region. These rains have been producing streamflows of record proportions. Here, a USGS hydrographer is preparing to measure streamflow at the Chattahoochee River below Morgan Falls Dam water-monitoring site, Fulton County, Georgia. Epic September...
USGS scientists working during the epic September 2009 flood in Georgia. Power Springs Creek (02336870)
September 21, 2009
Epic Flooding in Georgia, 2009 Metropolitan Atlanta—September 2009 Floods The epic floods experienced in the Atlanta area in September 2009 were extremely rare. Eighteen streamgages in the Metropolitan Atlanta area had flood magnitudes much greater than the estimated 0.2-percent (500-year) annual exceedance probability. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reported that 23 counties in...
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Photo of a young girl drinking water, which likely originated from groundwater sources. 
January 19, 2017

A regional assessment of untreated groundwater in the Southeastern Coastal Plain aquifer system is now available from the U.S. Geological Survey.

Photo of a young girl drinking water, which likely originated from groundwater sources. 
January 19, 2017

A regional assessment of untreated groundwater in the combined Valley and Ridge and Piedmont and Blue Ridge aquifers in the eastern United States is now available from the U.S. Geological Survey.

Hydrologic technician Samantha Kephart.points out a high water mark
October 21, 2016

The heavy rains and storm surge Hurricane Matthew produced caused severe flooding in many parts of the south east, resulting in almost 40 peak flood records. As the flood waters continue to recede from some affected areas, the U. S. Geological Survey will continue its efforts to record this historic flooding. Click here to learn more about the work the USGS has completed for Hurricane Matthew.

Hurricane Matthew satellite image that shows the large storm approaching the coastline of Florida.
October 6, 2016

USGS is engaged in research, monitoring, sampling and coastal change forecasting associated with Hurricane Matthew from Florida north up into Virginia.

To learn about storm sensors and see their location, explore the USGS Coastal Change Hazard Portal, or see satellite imagery before and after the storm, visit the USGS Hurricane Matthew page.

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October 6, 2016

As the east coast prepares for Hurricane Matthew's arrival, the U.S. Geological Survey uses advanced models to forecast the coastal impacts Matthew could bring. 

Storm-tide sensor
October 5, 2016

Media interested in going out with USGS field crews deploying sensors please contact:

Florida: Richard Kane, rkane@usgs.gov, 813-918-1275 

Georgia: Brian McCallum, bemccall@usgs.gov, 678- 924-6672

South Carolina: John Shelton, jmshelto@usgs.gov, 803-767-5542

North Carolina: Jeanne Robbins, jrobbins@usgs.gov, 919-571-4017 

Catawba rhododendron blooming at Round Bald, NC
August 11, 2016

“From the mountains to the coast, the southeastern U.S. contains ecosystems that harbor incredible biodiversity. Many of those ecosystems are already highly at risk from urbanization and other human land-use change. Identifying the ecosystems at risk from climate change will help inform conservation and management to ensure we don’t lose that biodiversity.” (Jennifer Constanza, report author)

Map of the 48 contiguous states showing Microcystin concentrations
May 31, 2016

First-of-its-kind survey shows that algal toxins are found nationwide

USGS science for a changing world logo
February 17, 2016

USGS scientists have detected toxins known as microcystins produced by various forms of algae in 39 percent of the small streams assessed throughout the southeastern United States. Their recent study looked at 75 streams in portions of Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.

Image: USGS Measures Historic Flooding Across the Nation
January 4, 2016

U.S. Geological Survey field crews are measuring record flooding on rivers and streams in 12 states across the country. USGS is making preparations for a prolonged field effort along the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers as major flooding will extend well into mid-to-late January, particularly along the lower Mississippi River.

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December 1, 2015

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