North Carolina Water Science Center
ABOUT THE NC WATER SCIENCE CENTER
USGS IN YOUR STATE
USGS Water Science Centers are located in each state.
A Welcome from Holly Weyers, USGS North Carolina Water Science Center Director
The USGS was established by Congress in 1879 to provide the Nation with reliable and impartial information in order to understand the Nation's natural resources. This information is used to protect life and property from natural disasters, manage the Nation's natural resources, and protect the environment. The USGS is a scientific organization concerned with providing credible, relevant, impartial, and timely information to all.
Today, the USGS is known for its long-term and extensive data-collection networks, and research of water, mapping, biology and geology issues in North Carolina and throughout the Nation. These efforts provide policy makers, managers, and scientists, and the general public with information needed to understand and make decisions about the State of North Carolina's natural resources.
The USGS North Carolina Water Science Center investigates the occurrence, distribution, quantity, movement, and chemical and biological quality of North Carolina's surface and ground water. Specific water resources activities of the North Carolina Water Science Center include collection and analysis of long-term (prior to 1900) data for streams, reservoirs, estuaries, and groundwater; and short-term interpretive investigations of specific water-resources issues on regional, State, and national levels. Investigations include the study of urbanization and flooding, water quality of the North Carolina's major river basins, sedimentation of rivers and lakes, and contamination of surface water and groundwater. The North Carolina Water Science Center's main office is in Raleigh, with satellite offices in Charlotte and Asheville.
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