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Flood Information Gap Prompts Water Monitoring Data Portal

Oct 1, 2016 | News

While scenes of flooded neighborhoods, failed dams, and washed out roads in South Carolina made headlines nationwide in October 2015, the deluge also impacted water quality.

In the aftermath of the event, the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium recognized the need for a readily accessible, common platform to illustrate and share information on hydrological and water-quality monitoring site locations. The Consortium then contacted a number of state and federal agencies and academic institutions that conduct long-term and event-based monitoring programs.

“Together with these partners, the Consortium is developing a web-based visualization tool—the S.C. Coastal Water Monitoring Network,” said Rick DeVoe, Consortium executive director. “When completed, this tool will allow scientists, resource managers, policy-makers, and citizens to easily identify water resource monitoring locations. They can gather information on who is conducting the monitoring, the parameters being monitored and measured, and click on a link to the website where detailed data and information for each location can be accessed.”

Partners in the effort to date include Coastal Carolina University; College of Charleston; S.C. Department of Natural Resources; S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control; University of South Carolina; U.S. Forest Service; U.S. Geological Survey; North Inlet-Winyah Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve; and Charleston Waterkeeper.

The visualization tool is designed to serve as a time-saving first step for water-resource managers and researchers, whether anticipating future events or examining archived data on historical events, such as Hurricane Hugo or the 2015 and 2016 flooding. It provides a baseline for understanding the status of water resources and context for the impacts of climate and weather events.

View the Water Monitoring Tool