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USGS Water Science Centers are located in each state.

There is a USGS Water Science Center office in each State. Washington Oregon California Idaho Nevada Montana Wyoming Utah Colorado Arizona New Mexico North Dakota South Dakota Nebraska Kansas Oklahoma Texas Minnesota Iowa Missouri Arkansas Louisiana Wisconsin Illinois Mississippi Michigan Indiana Ohio Kentucky Tennessee Alabama Pennsylvania West Virginia Georgia Florida Caribbean Alaska Hawaii New York Vermont New Hampshire Maine Massachusetts South Carolina North Carolina Rhode Island Virginia Connecticut New Jersey Maryland-Delaware-D.C.

Water-Quality Information and Data

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Water-quality conditions are continuously monitored by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) at over 40 stations across the state of South Carolina. Parameters including temperature, pH, specific conductance, dissolved oxygen, turbidity, and oxidation-reduction potential are generally recorded on 15-minute intervals. These data are transmitted via satellite to the National Water Information System (NWIS) database. From that database, the data are made publicly available on the USGS NWIS Web.

Many of the water-quality monitors operated by the USGS in South Carolina are located along the coast. Monitoring the water quality of the freshwater supply in the estuarine environment and tracking the freshwater/saltwater interface are areas of importance to many local, state and federal agencies as well as the general public.

Additional water quality monitors are located in the mid-state area. These monitors are used to ensure proper management of South Carolina rivers and reservoirs. Adequate flows must be maintained to ensure good water quality. Water managers use the monitors for purposes including: reservoir management, public water supply, regulation compliance and recreational purposes.

The links below allow you to find information and data about water-quality in South Carolina.

Water-Quality Data

Water-Quality Data

Water-Quality Statistics

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