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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: February 16, 2017

Seabird Research Program

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.

Date published: February 10, 2017

USGS Long-Term Water Monitoring Networks

“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 compare that data to. ...

Contacts: Brian McCallum
Date published: February 5, 2017
Status: Active

Real-Time Precipitation at Sites in Georgia, North and South Carolina

We now have a map and data table-based system to allow you to view real-time precipitation at Georgia, North and South Carolina water-monitoring sites. The rainfall maps and tables are updated continuously and display data from the last 1-3,6,12,24 hours and 2 and 7 days.

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

Date published: February 2, 2017

Research and Investigations at the South Atlantic Water Science Center

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...

Date published: February 1, 2017
Status: Active

North Carolina Month-End Conditions Reports

Month-End Conditions Report for North Carolina - Monthly Precipitation, streamflow, and ground water levels for selected locations in North Carolina.

► Go to the North Carolina month-end conditions Web site

Date published: February 1, 2017
Status: Active

Current and Historical Peak Stage Bar Graphs for North Carolina

Current and Historical Peak Stage Bar Graphs for North Carolina

The Peak Stage Bar Graphs section for North Carolina allows you to compare current stream stage with historic peaks at water-monitoring sites throughout North Carolina. 

Go to the Current and...

Date published: February 1, 2017
Status: Active

Flood-inundation mapping in Tar River Basin, North Carolina

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has created flood-inundation maps for selected streamgage sites in North Carolina. 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...

Date published: January 30, 2017

The South Atlantic Water Science Center

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 about...

Date published: January 26, 2017
Status: Active

Triangle Area, NC, Water Supply Monitoring

The Research Triangle area, located within the upper Cape Fear and Neuse River basins, is one of the most rapidly developing areas in the Nation. Growth has increased demand for water from public suppliers, the majority of which draw water from streams and lakes in the region. Growth also brings the threat of greater loads of contaminants and new contaminant sources that, if not properly...

Contacts: Mary L Giorgino
Date published: January 20, 2017
Status: Active

Stratification and Water Quality of Jordan Lake, North Carolina

The New Hope arm of Jordan Lake, located in Chatham County, North Carolina, serves as a drinking-water supply for the Towns of Cary, Apex, and Morrisville. The reservoir is listed as impaired due to nutrient over-enrichment and occasionally experiences algal blooms and fish kills.

In order to evaluate effects of installing a vertical-mixing system on the New Hope arm of Jordan Lake, the...

Contacts: Mary L Giorgino
Date published: January 20, 2017
Status: Active

North Carolina Shale Gas Baseline Groundwater Sampling Project

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) South Atlantic Water Science Center is conducted an inventory of well records and baseline groundwater-quality sampling to better delineate areas of groundwater use and groundwater-quality characteristics prior to potential shale gas exploration in the Triassic Basins of Lee and Chatham Counties, North Carolina. The compilation of baseline groundwater-quality...

Date published: January 19, 2017
Status: Completed

Roanoke River Water-Quality Monitoring and Modeling, N.C.

The relations among river flow, floodplain water level, and instream dissolved-oxygen (DO) concentrations are important but poorly understood for the Roanoke River. Flooding and floodplain inundation no longer follow a natural seasonal pattern of flooding in the winter and occasionally in the fall, and lower flows throughout the remainder of the year, but are primarily governed by upstream...

Contacts: Sean D Egen
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Beach houses behind a sand dune at Cape Hatteras, North Carolina
December 31, 2012

Dunes, Beach Towns and Resilience

Sand dunes in Avon on Cape Hatteras, NC are the only separation between many beach house communities and the Atlantic Ocean. 

Source and disposition of water, North Carolina, 2010
December 31, 2012

Source and Use of Freshwater in North Carolina, 2010

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,

Panoramic view of the Blue Ridge (Virginia, North Carolina and Tennessee)
October 3, 2012

Blue Ridge of Virginia, North Carolina and Tennessee

Panoramic view (~270 degrees) looking across the Blue Ridge of Virginia, North Carolina and Tennessee (from left to right).  The Valley and Ridge is in the distance (gap between mountains). 

The Piedmont and Blue Ridge provinces extend from southeastern New York to Alabama and include parts of eleven states in the Eastern U.S. and part of Washington, D.C. Blue Ridge

September 20, 2012

Katharine Kolb: Activities Of A Geographer

Kitty Kolb, a geographer for the U.S. Geological Survey North Carolina Water Science Center, had a lot of fun last year working with the hydrologic benchmark monitoring team in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. During her day, Kitty worked to collect algae and aquatic insect larvae. The team counted the different species of fish found in the streams to help them

September 5, 2011

Responding to Hurricanes, Floods and Droughts in North Carolina

North Carolina, like many years before, is responding to flooding in the East and drought in the West. Holly Weyers, USGS North Carolina Water Science Center Director, discusses these extreme events.

Oblique aerial photograph near Rodanthe, NC, looking south along the coast on August 30, 2011, three days after landfall of Hurr
August 30, 2011

Oblique aerial photograph near Rodanthe, North Carolina, Aug. 30, 2011

Oblique aerial photograph near Rodanthe, North Carolina, looking south along the coast on August 30, 2011, three days after landfall of Hurricane Irene. 

North Carolina Coastline
August 28, 2011

North Carolina Coastline Breach

A breach in the coastline of Rodanthe, North Carolina, caused by Hurricane Irene in 2011. Repeated storm impacts, combined with sea level rise, make the development and improvement of models that help forecast coastal change very important to planners working to build more resilient communities

May 18, 2011

Bayesian Model, Fly Fishing, Effects of Urbanization on Stream Ecology

Tom Cuffney and Song Qian describe their U.S. Geological Survey research on the effects of urbanization on stream ecology, while fly fishing.

May 10, 2011

Connecting People and Urban Streams

Faith Fitzpatrick (U.S. Geological Survey) outlines the importance of habitat to the health of streams and shows examples of connecting people to urban streams through rehabilitation efforts across the USA. (5 minute version)

May 10, 2011

Connecting People and Urban Streams

Faith Fitzpatrick (U.S. Geological Survey) describes how urban development affects aquatic habitat in streams, and how stream rehabilitation efforts across the USA are improving urban stream habitat and improving people's connection to their urban streams.

video thumbnail: Climate Connections: Visiting Students in North Carolina (Episode 1)
April 20, 2011

Climate Connections: Visiting Students in North Carolina (Episode 1)

America has questions about climate change, and the USGS has real answers. In this episode of Climate Connections, USGS scientists answer questions gathered from middle and high school students in Mt. Airy, NC.

  • Do all scientists agree that climate change is occurring?
  • Could climate change impact fishing?
  • Will the climate change abruptly or
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July 28, 2014

Urban areas in the Southeastern United States will double in size by 2060 unless there are significant changes to land development, according to a new study by the Department of Interior’s Southeast Climate Science Center and North Carolina State University.

June 25, 2014

On the one-year anniversary of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today released a new report showing that forests, wetlands and farms in the eastern United States naturally store 300 million tons of carbon a year (1,100 million tons of CO2 equivalent).

December 19, 2013

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell has announced today that Interior’s Southeast Climate Science Center is awarding more than $800,000 to universities and other partners for research to guide managers of parks, refuges and other resources in planning how to help species and ecosystems adapt to climate change.

July 30, 2013

Newly designed maps covering Indiana, Iowa, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Virginia are now available online for free download

June 20, 2012

Using a geology-based assessment method, the U.S. Geological Survey estimated a mean undiscovered natural gas resource of 3.9 trillion cubic feet and a mean undiscovered natural gas liquids resource of 135 million barrels in continuous accumulations within five East Coast Mesozoic basins, according to a new USGS report.  

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November 15, 2011

Water from wells in Lee and Chatham counties will be sampled and tested for baseline information because of potential for shale gas exploration in these areas. 

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October 7, 2011

Gerard McMahon has been selected as the Director of the Department of the Interior’s Southeast Climate Science Center located at North Carolina State University in Raleigh.

McMahon will be the first permanent director of the new center, which is one of eight regional Climate Science Centers being established. The new centers will be managed by the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center

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August 26, 2011

Hurricane response crews from the USGS have installed storm-surge sensors at key locations along the North Carolina coast in advance of Hurricane Irene. And now, they are actively consulting with federal and state partners about the need for similar equipment for other coastal areas including the Chesapeake Bay, the Delaware Bay, Long Island Sound and even as far north as Cape Cod.

November 17, 2010

Approximately 13 million metric tons of rare earth elements (REE) exist within known deposits in the United States, according to the first-ever nationwide estimate of these elements by the U.S. Geological Survey.

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