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South 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: 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

DroughtWatch for South Carolina

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

Contacts: Noel M Hurley
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 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: January 24, 2017
Status: Active

Assessment of Groundwater Availability in Aiken County, South Carolina

The objective of this project is to develop a groundwater-flow model that can be used by Aiken County water managers to manage current and projected reported and unreported demands on groundwater resource and to ensure the highest quality of groundwater.

Project Chief: Bruce Campbell
Cooperator: Aiken County, Gilbert-Summit Rural Water District, City of Aiken, Breezy Hill Water and...

Contacts: Bruce Campbell
Date published: January 9, 2017
Status: Active

Water Use in South Carolina, 2010

The future health and welfare of the Nation's population is dependent upon a continuing supply of uncontaminated fresh water. Increasing withdrawals and increasing demands for instream flows are limiting the water available for future use. The USGS compiles water-use data from numerous sources for all parts of the country, and since 1950 has published a series of Circulars on the estimated use...

Date published: December 29, 2016
Status: Active

Low-Flow Frequency and Flow Duration Statistics at Continuous-Record Gages in South Carolina

South Carolina State agencies use low-flow statistics for many applications, including determining waste-load allocations for point sources, development of total maximum daily loads (TMDLs) for streams, determining the quantity of water that can be safely withdrawn from a particular stream, and preparing the State Water Plan. This project will monitor the low-flow frequency and duration...

Contacts: Toby D Feaster
Date published: December 22, 2016

Selected Roadway High-Water Mark Data from Hurricane Joaquin Flooding, October 2015

As part of the statewide response to the flooding, the USGS and S.C. Department of Transportation (SCDOT) conducted a cooperative study to collect high-water mark (HWM) data at 50 selected road crossings.

The HWM elevations and descriptive data have been posted on the USGS Short-Term Network (STN). The STN is a national-...

Date published: December 16, 2016
Status: Active

Environmental Fate and Transport of Contaminants of Emerging Concern (CEC), South Carolina

The contaminants of emerging concern (CEC) umbrella covers several broad classes of contaminants that include: pharmaceuticals and personal care products, organic wastewater compounds, antimicrobials, antibiotics, animal and human hormones, as well as domestic and industrial detergents. The potential impacts of CECs on the environment, in general, and on natural surface-water and riparian...

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September 1, 2009

Hurricane Hugo, Storm-surge monitoring techniques, twenty-years later

South Carolina Water Science Center Surface Water Specialist Paul Conrads discusses USGS storm-surge monitoring techniques changes since Hurricane Hugo in 1989.

July 30, 2009

Introduction to USGS Water Science in South Carolina

SC Water Science Center Director Eric W. Strom discusses USGS water science programs in South Carolina, as interviewed by SC Public Radio "Your Day" host, Donna London.

Lake Moultrie web cam image

Lake Moultrie Canal at Moncks Corner, SC (02172002)

We have installed a webcam at the Lake Moultrie Tailrace Canal at Moncks Corner, SC to allow you to view, in real time, the current river-stage conditions.

During periods of flooding, the South Atlantic Water Science Center - South Carolina will take control of the camera.

Camera is sponsored by the SC Department of

Tearcoat Branch at I-95, near Manning (021355015)

Tearcoat Branch at I-95, near Manning (021355015)

We have installed a webcam at Tearcoat Branch at I-95, near Manning to allow you to view (in real time) the current river-stage conditions. 

During periods of flooding, the South Atlantic Water Science Center will take control of the camera.

Camera is sponsored by the SC Department of Transportation.

April 12, 2021

Aggregates Data by State, Type, and End Use; 1971–2017

This data set contains supplemental aggregates data for the USGS Minerals Yearbook Volume II—Area Reports: Domestic. It contains data for the years 1971 through 2017 and replaces the discrete construction aggregate tables that were included in the individual State chapters prior to 2014. It contains

Pocotaligo River at I-95, above Manning (02135615)

Pocotaligo River at I-95, above Manning (02135615)

We have installed a webcam at Pocotaligo River at I-95, above Manning to allow you to view (in real time) the current river-stage conditions. 

During periods of flooding, the South Atlantic Water Science Center will take control of the camera.

Camera is sponsored by the SC Department of Transportation.

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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 

2014 Seismic Hazard Map
September 30, 2016

Unlike many other parts of the world where earthquakes occur along boundaries between tectonic plates, South Carolina earthquakes result from the reactivation of ancient geologic structures associated with much older tectonic events such as the building of the Appalachian Mountains and the rifting that opened the Atlantic Ocean.

As US models predicted Hurricane Joaquin washed out a road at Kitty Hawk, NC in 2015.
June 1, 2016

New USGS models help predict storm effects on beaches

As the 2016 hurricane season opens, weather forecasters, emergency managers and coastal residents have access to tools developed by the U.S. Geological Survey that predict, more precisely than ever, where beach erosion and beachfront flooding will take place during hurricanes and other storms.


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March 14, 2016

The U.S. Geological Survey has created 20 new flood inundation maps that can help South Carolinians take steps to prevent or reduce future flood damage in the areas affected by the widespread floods of October 2015.

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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:  Big Sagebrush Re-establishing 15 Years Post-wildfire Along the Boise Front Mountains
December 7, 2015

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Ecosystem restoration is complex and requires an understanding of how the land, plants, and animals all interact with each other over large areas and over time. Today, the U.S. Geological Survey published part two of a three-part handbook addressing restoration of sagebrush ecosystems from the landscape to the site level.

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October 22, 2015

During the historic October 2015 floods in South Carolina, 17 U.S. Geological Survey streamgages recorded the highest peak streamflow and/or river height (or stage) since those streamgages were installed. An additional 15 USGS streamgages recorded peaks in the top 5 for their periods of record.

Image: USGS Scientist Inspects Streamgage During Flooding Event
October 5, 2015

Heavy rains and hazardous weather conditions are occurring in western South Carolina, with record flooding occurring and more expected over parts of the region over the next several days.

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