As one of several national “Focus Area Studies” in the Department of Interior’s WaterSMART initiative, USGS South Atlantic Water Science Center is undertaking a 3-year study of water availability and use to meet competing societal and ecological needs in Southeastern Atlantic Coastal Basins of the Carolinas. The Coastal Carolinas study area includes lower parts of the Pee Dee/Waccamaw River and Cape Fear River Basins extending from Georgetown, South Carolina up through the greater Wilmington, North Carolina area.
The Coastal Carolinas Focus Area Study (CC FAS) will compile existing information, add new scientific data and interpretation, and develop tools to help address the current and future challenges that water managers and other stakeholders face in the Atlantic Coastal Basins of the Carolinas. The study is divided into 5 main components:
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