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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: January 25, 2017

Tennessee River (TENN) Basin Study

The Tennessee (TENN) River Basin encompasses an area of 40,890 square miles, making it the largest tributary to the Ohio River. The Tennessee River flows through portions of seven states: Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, and Kentucky. To learn more please visit: http://tn.water.usgs.gov/lten/tenn.html

Contacts: W Scott Gain
Date published: November 2, 2016
Status: Active

Amphibian Research and Monitoring Initiative (ARMI) - Southeast Region Water Quality

The U.S. Geological Survey's (USGS) Amphibian Research and Monitoring Initiative (ARMI) began in 2000 with the goal of determining the status and trends of amphibian populations throughout the U.S. The program was designed to provide information useful in determining causes of declines or other changes in population distributions.  Personnel in the South Atlantic Water Science Center are...

Date published: September 26, 2016
Status: Active

Lower Tennessee River (LTEN) Basin Study

Welcome....the Lower Tennessee River Basin in Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, and Mississippi is one of the 59 study units that are part of the U.S. Geological Survey's National Water-Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Program.The long-term goals of this program are to describe the status and trends in the quality of a large, representative part of the Nation's surface- and ground-water...

Date published: September 19, 2016

Metro Nashville Flood Monitoring Project

Metro Nashville Flood Monitoring Project-This project monitors the Cumberland River and it's tributaries around the Nashville Metro Area. 

Date published: July 26, 2016
Status: Active

HDgov: Multi-agency Website for Human Dimensions of Natural Resources

HDgov is an interactive and mobile-responsive online portal to interagency, academic, and non-government resources focused on the human dimensions of natural resource management. The web portal provides easy access to tools, publications, data, and methods that help ensure that the people side of natural resources is considered throughout the entire natural resource management process. The...

Date published: July 26, 2016
Status: Active

National Park Service Visitor Spending Effects

The National Park Service (NPS) manages the Nation’s most iconic destinations that attract millions of visitors from across the Nation and around the world. Trip-related spending by NPS visitors generates and supports a considerable amount of economic activity within park gateway communities. USGS economists collaborate with the National Park Service social science program to estimate NPS...

Date published: July 21, 2016
Status: Active

North American Waterfowl Management Plan

The ultimate success of North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP) depends on maintaining relevance to stakeholders and society. In order to be relevant, a first step is to better understand what people value in regard to waterfowl and their habitats. 

Date published: April 17, 2016
Status: Active

Evaluation of Stream Reaches for Mussel Reintroduction in the Upper Coosa Watershed, NW Georgia

The Conasauga River in northwest Georgia and southeast Tennessee harbors the majority of mussel diversity still found in the Georgia portion of the Upper Coosa Basin. While the Conasauga historically supported at least 44 mussel species, only about 20 species remain. 

Date published: December 20, 2013

Ecological limit functions relating fish community response to hydrologic departures of the ecological flow regime in the Tennessee River basin, United States

Ecological limit functions relating streamflow and aquatic ecosystems remain elusive despite decades of research. We investigated functional relationships between species richness and changes in streamflow characteristics at 662 fish sampling sites in the Tennessee River basin. To learn more visit: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com...

Date published: January 8, 2013

Environmental Flow Research in the Tennessee River Basin

The objective of this project is to improve understanding of how alteration of streamflow characteristics affects the ecological health of rivers and streams in Tennessee. Initial efforts are aimed at identifying critical streamflow characteristics and providing a set of statistical tools and analytical approaches for the prediction of these characteristics. Application of these tools will...

Date published: April 13, 2012

Predicting ecological flow regime at ungaged sites: A comparison of methods

Nineteen ecologically relevant streamflow characteristics were estimated using published rainfall–runoff and regional regression models for six sites with observed daily streamflow records in Kentucky. The regional regression model produced median estimates closer to the observed median for all but two characteristics. The variability of predictions from both models was generally less than the...

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...

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Date published: January 21, 2016

Streamflow and fish community diversity data for use in developing ecological limit functions for the Cumberland Plateau, northeastern Middle Tennessee and southwestern Kentucky, 2016

 Information contained within this dataset represents values of basin characteristics (see Table II in Knight and others, 2012), estimates of streamflow characteristics, measures of individual and cumulative departure of streamflow characteristics from reference hydrologic conditions, and fish species richness for 138 sites in the study area. 

Date published: September 14, 2006

Real-time streamflow compared to historical streamflow (Tennessee)

Map of real-time streamflow compared to historical streamflow for the day of the year (Tennessee)

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Year Published: 1998

Water use in Tennessee, 1995

Hutson, Susan S.
Attribution: Water Resources
Water use in Tennessee, 1995; 1998; FS; 087-98; Hutson, Susan S.

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Year Published: 1996

Estimates of future water demand for selected water-service areas in the Upper Duck River basin, central Tennessee; with a section on Methodology used to develop population forecasts for Bedford, Marshall, and Maury counties, Tennessee, from 1993 through 2050

Estimates of future water demand were determined for selected water-service areas in the upper Duck River basin in central Tennessee through the year 2050. The Duck River is the principal source of publicly-supplied water in the study area providing a total of 15.6 million gallons per day (Mgal/d) in 1993 to the cities of Columbia, Lewisburg,...

Hutson, S.S.; Schwarz, G.E.
Attribution: Water Resources
Estimates of future water demand for selected water-service areas in the Upper Duck River basin, central Tennessee; with a section on Methodology used to develop population forecasts for Bedford, Marshall, and Maury counties, Tennessee, from 1993 through 2050; 1996; WRI; 96-4140; Hutson, S. S.; Schwarz, G. E.

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Year Published: 1995

Ground-water use by public-supply systems in Tennessee in 1990

Ground-water use by public water-supply systems during 1990 was inventoried in Tennessee. Ground- water withdrawals were estimated to average 269 million gallons per day (Mgal/d), or 38 percent of the total public-supply water use. This volume represents an increase of 34 percent in the use of ground water for public supply since 1980 when public-...

Hutson, S.S.
Attribution: Water Resources
Ground-water use by public-supply systems in Tennessee in 1990; 1995; OFR; 94-483; Hutson, S. S.

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Year Published: 1994

Estimated use of water in Tennessee, 1990

Water withdrawals in Tennessee in 1990 were estimated to average 9,210 million gallons per day (Mgal/d) for offstream uses--a 9-percent increase from the 1985 estimate. Average per capita water use for all offstream uses was 1,890 gallons per day. Public-supply with- drawals (712 Mgal/d) represented a 14-percent increase from 1985 withdrawals....

Hutson, Susan S.
Attribution: Water Resources
Estimated use of water in Tennessee, 1990; 1994; WRI; 94-4055; Hutson, Susan S.

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Year Published: 1994

Estimated freshwater withdrawals in Texas, 1990

This report presents 1990 freshwater withdrawal estimates for Texas by source and category. Withdrawal source is either ground water or surface water. Withdrawal categories include: self-supplied irrigation, thermoelectric-power generation, water supply, industrial and mining, and other (domestic, commercial, livestock). Withdrawal data are...

Lurry, Dee L.
Estimated freshwater withdrawals in Texas, 1990; 1994; WRI; 93-4190; Lurry, Dee L.

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Year Published: 1993

Water availability, use, and estimated future water demand in the upper Duck River basin, middle Tennessee

The Duck River in Tennessee supplied about 18.9 Mgal of water/d to Tullahoma, Manchester, Lewisburg, Columbia, and other cities. Municipal water use increased to 20.9 Mgal/d in 1990; projections indicate increases in demand for the next 25 yr. Socioeconomic and water use data from the basin for 1989 were used to calibrate the water use models...

Hutson, S.S.
Attribution: Water Resources
Water availability, use, and estimated future water demand in the upper Duck River basin, middle Tennessee; 1993; WRI; 92-4179; Hutson, S. S.

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Year Published: 1992

Public water-supply systems and water use in Tennessee, 1988

This report summarizes the results of a study conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), Division of Water Supply in 1988. Data gathered during an inventory by the TDEC were collated to determine water use, supply sources, population served, and design and storage...

Hutson, Susan S.; Morris, A. Jannine
Attribution: Water Resources
Public water-supply systems and water use in Tennessee, 1988; 1992; WRI; 91-4195; Hutson, Susan S.; Morris, A. Jannine

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Year Published: 1991

Ground-water use by public-supply systems in Tennessee in 1988; prepared in cooperation with the Tennessee Department of Health and Environment

Hutson, Susan S.
Attribution: Water Resources
Ground-water use by public-supply systems in Tennessee in 1988; prepared in cooperation with the Tennessee Department of Health and Environment; 1991; OFR; 91-176; Hutson, Susan S.

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Year Published: 1990

National water summary 1987: Hydrologic events and water supply and use

Water use in the United States, as measured by freshwater withdrawals in 1985, averaged 338,000 Mgal/d (million gallons per day), which is enough water to cover the 48 conterminous States to a depth of about 2.4 inches. Only 92,300 Mgal/d, or 27.3 percent of the water withdrawn, was consumptive use and thus lost to immediate further use; the...

Carr, Jerry E.; Chase, Edith B.; Paulson, Richard W.; Moody, David W.
National water summary 1987: hydrologic events and water supply and use; 1990; WSP; 2350; Carr, Jerry E.; Chase, Edith B.; Paulson, Richard W.; Moody, David W.

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Year Published: 1989

Ground-water use by public-supply systems in Tennessee in 1985

Public-supply groundwater withdrawal in Tennessee in 1985 totaled about 243 million gal/day, or about 54% of the total groundwater used. Most of the withdrawals were from the Tertiary Memphis Sand in Shelby County (Memphis), West Tennessee (141 million gal/day). Of the 182 public-supply systems, 32 withdrew 1 million gal/day or more and accounted...

Hutson, Susan S.
Attribution: Water Resources
Ground-water use by public-supply systems in Tennessee in 1985; 1989; WRI; 89-4092; Hutson, Susan S.

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Year Published: 1988

Estimated use of water in Tennessee, 1985

Hutson, Susan S.
Attribution: Water Resources
Estimated use of water in Tennessee, 1985; 1988; OFR; 88-348; Hutson, Susan S.

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Mississippi River Flooding: 2019 vs. 2020

In 2019, communities in the U.S. dealt with historic spring flooding from rivers like the Missouri and Mississippi. Some parts of the south – including the area seen in this pair of images – are still looking at flood risk, but the risk is slightly lower than 2019.

These images from the Europe’s Copernicus Sentinel-2A satellite highlight the difference.

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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 combined Valley and Ridge and Piedmont and Blue Ridge aquifers in the eastern United States is now available from the U.S. Geological Survey.

Graph: Peak ground-motion variability for a magnitude 7.7 earthquake
July 30, 2015

Computer simulations of earthquake shaking, replicating the quakes that occurred in 1811-1812 in the New Madrid seismic zone (NMSZ), indicate that future large earthquakes there would produce major, prolonged ground shaking.

USGS
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.

USGS
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).

Lidar image showing the upper parts of the landslide that occurred in northwest Washington on March 22, 2014.
May 14, 2014

Want to know how elevation will benefit your state? The USGS National Geospatial Program is advancing the 3D Elevation Program, known as 3DEP, in response to the growing need for high-quality three-dimensional representations of the Nation’s natural and constructed features.

Map showing recent earthquakes in the New Madrid Seismic Zone
January 23, 2014

Earthquake activity in the New Madrid Seismic Zone in the central United States does not seem to be slowing down.  In a new study published in the journal "Science," seismologists Morgan Page and Susan Hough of the U.S. Geological Survey investigate whether current quakes in the region could be aftershocks of large earthquakes that occurred 200 years earlier.