National Water Information System

Tool Overview: 

The USGS National Water Information System (NWIS) is an online water resources monitoring database that compiles site-based information on surface water, groundwater, water quality, and water use metrics. Within these categories, users can explore current conditions, historical trends, daily summaries, and field measurements, as well as conduct statistical analyses and examine other category-specific features (e.g., peak daily flows for surface water). Data housed on this platform are gathered from over 1.5 million USGS monitoring stations located in U.S.

National Stormwater Calculator

Tool Overview: 

The EPA Stormwater Calculator (SWC) is a desktop tool that can be used by individuals looking to reduce stormwater runoff at the local level. The SWC generates rainfall runoff volume and frequency estimates for any location in the United States or Puerto Rico using historic rainfall data, local soil properties, and land use cover inputs. Users can manipulate the land use category and evaluate how seven different green infrastructure methods can alter runoff volume and frequency on their property.

National Aquatic Resources Surveys

Tool Overview: 

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, states, and tribes are conducting a series of surveys of the nation's aquatic resources. Often referred to as probability-based surveys, these studies provide nationally consistent and scientifically-defensible assessments of our nation’s waters and can be used to track changes in condition over time. Each survey uses standardized field and lab methods and is designed to yield unbiased estimates of the condition of the whole water resource being studied.

Low Impact Development (LID) Atlas

Location

SC
United States
33° 50' 2.112" N, 80° 30' 28.1268" W
South Carolina US
Tool Overview: 

The atlas serves as an information sharing tool for communities and organizations interested in implementing low-impact development projects and addressing stormwater and growth-related issues that impact water quality. The tool allows user to enter data regarding existing low-impact development projects. These projects are displayed on a regional map that shows existing projects and provides information about the project type (e.g., swale/bioswale, permeable pavement, water conservation), location, land use type, construction date, and links to additional information about the project.

Clemson Extension's Carolina Clear program partners with over 38 communities in South Carolina to provide stormwater education, outreach, and public involvement opportunities. Our team of Water Resources Extension Agents are located in the regions they serve, allowing them to best understand the educational needs of their communities. We strive to protect water resources and encourage pollution prevention by providing quality programs that raise awareness of stormwater issues, and promote actions and behaviors that ultimately protect our water resources.

Inundation Analysis Tool

Tool Overview: 

The Inundation Analysis Tool is a web-based tool that analyzes how frequently and for how long high tide events have historically occurred, allowing users to better understand saltwater inundation and flooding trends for certain elevations and locations. Users select the site (must be a NOAA CO-OPS tide station), time period of interest, and the elevation for inundation pattern analysis (e.g., mean high water, mean tide level).

Georgia Water Toolkit

Location

GA
United States
33° 3' 50.1264" N, 83° 16' 34.9212" W
Georgia US
Tool Overview: 

This web-based toolkit is designed to help local water managers understand and address water management challenges related to climate change, urban development, pollution, interstate water rights, and more. It highlights key issues as well as providing access to the most current regulatory, educational, and decision support information, as well as discussing funding opportunities. It was developed for the State of Georgia.

Flood Resilience: A Basic Guide for Water and Wastewater Utilities

Tool Overview: 

Flood Resilience: A Basic Guide for Water and Wastewater Utilities is an interactive PDF that can guide water utility managers through a flood risk reduction planning process. This digital resource, complete with worksheets, videos, and examples, takes managers through a four-step process to evaluate and enhance flood resilience of utility infrastructure and facilities. Steps include: identifying flood threats, evaluating vulnerable utility infrastructure and consequences of flooding, evaluating flood mitigation options, and developing a flood mitigation implementation plan.

Federal Support Toolbox

Tool Overview: 

The Federal Support Toolbox is an online portal that connects and provides resources for individuals interested in or working on water resources issues in the United States and abroad. The toolbox is a useful resource for all phases of adaptation, as well as for visitors from different sectors. This toolbox facilitates both education and collaboration among the water resources community.

Drought Risk Atlas

Tool Overview: 

The Drought Risk Atlas is an online visualization tool that allows users to analyze and compare historical and contemporary droughts at the local level to better understand drought risk. The atlas allows users to explore past drought characteristics for specific geographic regions by compiling data from numerous monitoring stations; users can select a monitoring station within their area, as well as select other stations that exhibit similar precipitation patterns.