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We conduct impartial, multi- and interdisciplinary research and monitoring on a large range of natural-resource issues that impact the quality of life of citizens and landscapes of the Southeastern United States and the Caribbean region.

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Date Published: September 26, 2010
Status: Active

Coastal Plain Culvert Study

Various environmental groups in Alabama are concerned that the use of culverts at highway crossings to convey stream flows has detrimental effects on the natural conditions of streams. Specifically, some groups are concerned that changes in stream geomorphology, sediment concentrations, and associated turbidity adversely impact the benthic macroinvertebrate community when culverts are...

Date Published: June 3, 2010
Status: Active

Assessing the Influence of the Davis Pond Freshwater Diversion on Water-Quality in Waterways and Marshes of Barataria Preserve

In 2002, the Davis Pond Freshwater Diversion began diverting up to 10,000 cfs of Mississippi River water into the waters surrounding the Barataria Preserve of the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. Previously, precipitation, local surface-water runoff, and occasional marine intrusion largely determined quality of surface and marsh porewaters at the Preserve. The new influx of...

Watershed Boundary Dataset Map - Mississippi
Date Published: December 11, 2009

Mississippi Hydrologic Unit Code Map

The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, U.S. Department of Agriculture-Natural Resources Conservation Service, Mississippi Department of Transportation, U.S. Department of Agriculture-Forest Service, and the Mississippi Automated Resource Information System developed a 1:24,000-scale Watershed Boundary Dataset for Mississippi...

Image: Soil Core Sample #1
Date Published: September 29, 2009
Status: Active

Physical soil properties of wetlands, and the hydrology of tidal swamp, tidal creeks, adjacent rivers, and adjacent marshes along the coastal gradient of palustrine, oligohaline, and mesohaline sites in relation to drought, storm, and tidal events

The LaWSC, in collaboration with researchers from the National Wetlands Research Center (NWRC), the NRP program, Auburn University, and Clemson University, is documenting conditions in tidal swamps in Louisiana, Georgia, and South Carolina as a baseline with which to compare future data to assess the impacts of climate change in such areas. Tidal swamps in these states offer an array of...

Cave in fractured Austin Group rock located approximately 9.3 miles northeast of city of Uvalde in Uvalde County, Texas.
Date Published: September 29, 2009
Status: Completed

Water quality monitoring in the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet, the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, Lake Borgne, and adjacent waterways in southeastern Louisiana, 2009 to 2013

In early 2009, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) constructed a rock barrier across the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet (MRGO), a navigation channel between the Port of New Orleans and the Gulf of Mexico. In August 2008, prior to construction of the rock barrier, the LaWSC, in cooperation with the USACE, began monitoring specific conductance, dissolved oxygen, and discharge in the MRGO to...

Wetlands on the Fort A.P. Hill reservation are all freshwater
Date Published: September 23, 2009
Status: Active

Assessment of water quality and soil conditions at the Bayou aux Carpes 404(C) property wetlands

Wetlands in the Bayou aux Carpes area, south of New Orleans, La., currently are isolated from direct inflow of storm water runoff by levees and spoil banks. The USACE is considering removal of a spoil bank that would allow storm-water runoff to flow through and across the wetlands. . The wetlands consist of floating marshes, with a predominately organic substrate, and forested wetlands, some...

Principal Aquifer Susceptibility Study Illustration
Date Published: September 1, 2009

Principal Aquifer Susceptibility Study

Short Title: Principal Aquifers

Project Chief: Brian Clark

Cooperator: U.S. Geological Survey National Water-Quality Assessment Program

Project Time Frame: May 2008 - Sept 2009

The principal aquifer study will use regional ground-water MODFLOW models and...

Contacts: Brian R Clark
MAP study area
Date Published: September 1, 2009

Mississippi Embayment Regional Aquifer Study (MERAS)

Short Title: MERAS Model

Project Chief: Brian Clark

Cooperator: U.S. Geological Survey Office of Ground-Water Resources Program

Project Time Frame: January 2006 - 2009

Fresh ground-water in the Mississippi embayment can be found in alternating formations of...

Contacts: Brian R Clark
Quality of Shallow Groundwater and Drinking Water in the Mississippi Embayment-Texas Costal Uplands Aquifer System
Date Published: July 14, 2009

Quality of Shallow Groundwater and Drinking Water in the Mississippi Embayment-Texas Coastal Uplands Aquifer System and the Mississippi River Valley Alluvial Aquifer, South-Central United States, 1994–2004

The Mississippi embayment-Texas coastal uplands aquifer system is an important source of drinking water, providing about 724 million gallons per day to about 8.9 million people in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Missouri, Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, and Alabama. The Mississippi River Valley alluvial aquifer ranks third in the Nation for total withdrawals of which more than 98...

Simulation showing how geoelectric vectors (black)
Date Published: April 18, 2009
Status: Active

Simulation of Groundwater Flow in the "1,500-Foot" and "2,000-Foot" Sands and Movement of Saltwater in the “2000-Foot” Sand of the Baton Rouge Area, Louisiana

Saltwater encroachment has been detected in six aquifers, including the "1,500-foot" and "2,000-foot" sands, north of the Baton Rouge fault in East Baton Rouge Parish. The encroachment is in response to ground-water withdrawals, primarily for public supply and industrial uses, in Baton Rouge. Additional information is needed for water planners and managers in the Baton Rouge area to make...

Contacts: Charles Heywood
Integrative Studies of Florida Spring Ecosystems
Date Published: April 17, 2009

Integrative Studies of Florida Spring Ecosystems

Florida's springs are a source of cultural, recreational, and ecological importance. But land-use changes and increased demands for groundwater due to the state's growing population have led to widespread impairment of these unique ecosystems. 

Map showing monitoring sites of biota and DO in southwestern Louisiana
Date Published: March 1, 2009

Characterization of Macroinvertebrate and Fish Assemblages at 35 Streams in Southwestern Louisiana and an Assessment of Their Relations to Water-Quality and Physical Habitat

Short Title: Biological Characterization of Louisiana Streams

Project Chief: Billy Justus

Cooperator: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Project Time Frame: 2007 - 2009

Information is needed to support water-resources management...

Contacts: Billy G Justus