Unified Interior Regions

North Carolina

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: March 3, 2017
Status: Active

Seasonal Movement of Wild Hogs in Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area and Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The wild hog (Sus scrofa) is an exotic invasive species that significantly impacts native resources and their populations are expanding significantly throughout the United States.  In addition, wild hogs are likely contributing to the spread of disease such as pseudorabies. National Park Service units in the Southeast that have populations of exotic wild hogs include Big South Fork National...

Date published: February 22, 2017

Geospatial Resources (GIS) for North Carolina

Spatial/GIS data sets for North Carolina are available from numerous spatial data clearinghouses.

Date published: February 17, 2017
Status: Archived

Catawba-Wateree Groundwater Network

The multiyear drought in North and South Carolina (summer 1998-fall 2002) brought wide recognition of the vulnerability of the water resources in these two States to climatic conditions. To prepare for drought conditions in the future, water managers and State and Federal water-resource agencies sought to develop tools to assess hydrologic conditions in both a predictive and responsive manner...

Contacts: Eric S Rudisill
Date published: February 16, 2017
Status: Active

DroughtWatch for North Carolina

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

Contacts: John C Weaver
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 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 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
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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.

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October 2, 2015

As the path of Hurricane Joaquin continues to move farther offshore, making landfall in the U.S. less likely, U.S. Geological Survey coastal change experts say there’s still a high probability of dune erosion along parts of the Atlantic coast, from the North Carolina Outer Banks to Cape Cod.

October 2, 2015

Currently, heavy rains and hazardous weather conditions are predicted for western North Carolina and most of South Carolina by the National Weather Service, with flooding possible over parts of the region over the next several days.

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March 25, 2015

Appalachian coal and petroleum resources are still available in sufficient quantities to contribute significantly to fulfilling the nation’s energy needs, according to a recent study by the U.S. Geological Survey.

March 25, 2015

Some shallow-groundwater wells next to or downhill from Orange County agricultural fields treated with bio-based fertilizers have nitrate levels above Environmental Protection Agency standards set for public water supplies, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey report. 

March 12, 2015

Vital coastal storm-tide information needed to help guide storm response efforts following major storms affecting North Carolina will be more accessible than ever due to a new monitoring network the U.S. Geological Survey is currently building.

December 18, 2014

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced today that Interior’s Southeast Climate Science Center is awarding nearly $150,000 to its host university and other partners for research to guide managers of parks, refuges and other cultural and natural resources in planning how to help species and ecosystems adapt to climate change.

November 12, 2014

A study designed to provide baseline information on groundwater quality in Lee and Chatham counties prior to oil and gas exploration there found low levels of dissolved methane gas and a small percentage of wells with other constituents at levels exceeding federal and state drinking water standards, according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey.

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).

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