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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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Photo showing a variety of USGS publications
June 7, 2017

The South Atlantic Water Science Center - Georgia Office cooperates with the Georgia Geologic Survey in many hydrologic projects. A number of joint publications have been published over the years.

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Image: USGS Documents 2015 Western U.S. Drought
June 4, 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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Hurricane Irene, satellite view, NASA
May 31, 2017

Hurricane Information for Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

Image of storm surge
May 20, 2017

Preventing flood hazards, such as the hurricane induced storm surge, from becoming human disasters requires an understanding of the relative risks floods pose to specific communities and knowledge of the processes by which flood waters rise, converge, and abate. Historically, hurricane-induced storm tides have been documented through measurement of high-water marks left on structures or...

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April 5, 2017

Real-time/Current Conditions:
  Rainfall/Precipitation: GA || NC || SC...

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April 4, 2017

Map and Geographical Information System (GIS) resources ...

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April 3, 2017

Data Organized by River Basin, in Georgia, North and South Carolina

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.

An adult female surf scoter resting in the water
February 16, 2017

The Seabird Research Program at PWRC is focused on studying the ecology of species present across the Atlantic Coast. This program was a natural progression of PWRC's historic work studying the coastal ecology of wildlife in and around the Chesapeake Bay. We now focus on the three key areas on a variety of species: physiology, avoided bycatch, and movement ecology....

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 2009 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...

Real-time precipitation networks for Georgia and North Carolina
February 5, 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.

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Surface-water data for the South Atlantic Water Science Center (NWISWeb)
June 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
All Surface Water Data:  Georgia  ||  North Carolina  ||  South Carolina

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

Water-quality data for the South Atlantic Water Science Center (NWISWeb)
June 1, 2017

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

Real time precipitation data for Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.
May 29, 2017

Real time precipitation data for Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina (NWISWeb)

Data from rain gages that provide real-time data are relayed to the USGS and are transmitted from each station at intervals of 1 to 8 hours. Real-time data available on these web pages are provisional data that have not been reviewed or edited.

Georgia  ||  North Carolina  ||  South Carolina
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Real-time lake levels, South Atlantic Water Science Center
May 25, 2017

Lake and reservoir levels, South Atlantic Water Science Center (NWISWeb)

Real-time water levels and long-term statistics for lakes and reservoirs in Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. Lake data are collected and stored as continuous time-series data from automated recorders.

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Water use data for the South Atlantic Water Science Center (NWISWeb)
May 22, 2017

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

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
May 21, 2017

National Water Information System - Web Mapper application (NWISWeb)

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

WaterWatch - Use maps, charts, and tables to view USGS water data.
May 20, 2017

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 

Groundwater Watch - Below Normal Groundwater Levels
May 17, 2017

Groundwater Watch - Below Normal Groundwater Levels (GA/NC/SC)

The U.S. Geological Survey has a database/archive of about 850,000 wells across the Nation. A well with below normal groundwater levels is identified when the most recent water-level measurement is in the 24th percentile or lower in the month of measurement over the period of record for the well.

>> Georgia  ||  North Carolina  ||  South Carolina
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GroundWater Watch - Use maps, charts, and tables to view USGS groundwater data.
May 12, 2017

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 

Real-time precipitation networks for Georgia and North Carolina
May 3, 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

Image of rainfall map for North Carolina
May 2, 2017

Rainfall data, maps and resources for Georgia, North and South Carolina

Precipitation data and related rainfall information, for the South Atlantic Water Science Center geographical region (Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina).

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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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Clustered southeastern bats
2017 (approx.)
This photo shows clustered southeastern bats, or Myotis austroriparius. As of June 2017, the species joins eight other hibernating bat species in North America that are afflicted with the deadly bat fungal disease known as white-nose syndrome.
May 22, 2017
Image of the Week: Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge Fire Landsat 8's Operational Land Imager captures the scene as many acres burn in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. Series Description: "Image of the Week" is a series of videos produced by the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center featuring remotely sensed imagery of the Earth's landscapes. Each week a new...
Satellite image showing the fire in the Okefenokee National Wildlife.
May 16, 2017
A wildfire ignited by lightning in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge on April 6, 2017, is persisting into May. Hot, dry weather and extremely dry fuels are making the fire difficult to contain. As of May 22, the blaze, also called the West Mims Fire, had burned 152,478 acres.
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...
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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

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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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