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Watershed Restoration & Protection Studies (319 Monitoring) - Mill Creek

Partners:
- Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ)
- Rankin County
- Pearl River valley Water Supply District
Period of Project: June 2005-Present

Introduction

The primary pollutant in the Mill Creek watershed is suspended sediment. The purpose of monitoring in the Mill Creek watershed is to document changes in suspended-sediment concentrations and loads that occur in Mill Creek or tributaries of Mill Creek before and after best management practices (BMPs) are installed. Monitoring encompasses the collection of stream flow, suspended-sediment concentration, and precipitation data to evaluate effects of restoration and remediation efforts.

Mill Creek study area map showing location of six monitoring sites.

Mill Creek study area map showing location of six monitoring sites.



Photo 1. Mill Creek at Highway 25, before BMPs were installed.

Photo 1. Mill Creek at Highway 25, before BMPs were installed.



Photo 2. Mill Creek at Highway 25, after BMPs were installed.

Photo 2. Mill Creek at Highway 25, after BMPs were installed.



Photo 3. Mill Creek Tributary Number 1 at Grants Ferry Road during a storm.

Photo 3. Mill Creek Tributary Number 1 at Grants Ferry Road during a storm.



Photo 4. Mill Creek at Spillway Road gage house.

Photo 4. Mill Creek at Spillway Road gage house.



Monitoring Locations

There are six monitoring sites in the Mill Creek watershed. Monitoring sites are located to collect data to evaluate the effectiveness of several watershed restoration activities. Rankin County used 319 funds from MDEQ to implement BMPs in three different areas within the Mill Creek watershed. In addition, MDEQ initiated storm water compliance and enforcement actions for a commercial development area located along a tributary of Mill Creek.

1. Mill Creek at Castlewoods Blvd. near Luckney, MS
USGS Site Number: 02485573
Lat 32° 20' 51"
Long 90° 00' 14"
Site Duration: March 2007-Present

2. Mill Creek at State Highway 25 near Luckney, MS
USGS Site Number: 02485574
Lat 32° 21' 32"
Long 90° 00' 28"
Site Duration: 1998-Present

3. Unnamed Tributary to Mill Creek near Flowood, MS
USGS Site Number: 0248557375
Lat 32° 21' 35"
Long 89° 59' 45"
Site Duration: July 2008-Present

4. Mill Creek Tributary No. 2 near Luckney, MS
USGS Site Number: 02485575
Lat 32° 21' 47"
Long 90° 00' 13"
Site Duration: June 2008-Present

5. Mill Creek Tributary No. 1 at Grants Ferry Road near Luckney, MS
USGS Site Number: 02485577
Lat 32° 21' 44"
Long 90° 00' 56"
Site Duration: September 2006-Present

6. Mill Creek at Spillway Rd. near Luckney, MS
USGS Site Number: 02485590
Lat 32° 22' 22"
Long 90° 00' 45"
Site Duration: 1997-Present

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