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Watershed Restoration & Protection Studies (319 Monitoring) - Steele Bayou

Partners:
- U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, Vicksburg District
- Delta Farmers Advocating Resource Management (Delta F.A.R.M.)
Period of Project: December 2007-Present

Introduction

Structural best management practices have been and continue to be installed on tributary streams and gullies that drain into the middle portion of the Steele Bayou watershed located in the lower Mississippi River Alluvial Plain in Mississippi. The purpose of the structures is to mitigate suspended-sediment problems that have been previously documented throughout the watershed. Structural practices were previously installed in the Upper Steele Bayou watershed, and preliminary indications are that these practices have been successful in reducing suspended-sediment loads entering the stream from fields that drain agricultural and forested lands. The USACE and Delta F.A.R.M. have been responsible for the installation of structures.

Steele Bayou study area map showing location of ten monitoring sites.

Steele Bayou study area map showing location of ten monitoring sites.


Photo 1. Steele Bayou Tributary 1, before BMP installation.

Photo 1. Steele Bayou Tributary 1, before BMP installation.


Photo 2. Steele Bayou Tributary 1, after BMP installation.

Photo 2. Steele Bayou Tributary 1, after BMP installation.


Photo 3. Steele Bayou Tributary 21, before BMP installation.

Photo 3. Steele Bayou Tributary 21, before BMP installation.


Photo 4. Steele Bayou Tributary 21, after BMP installation.

Photo 4. Steele Bayou Tributary 21, after BMP installation.


Photo 5. Steele Bayou Tributary 24, before BMP installation.

Photo 5. Steele Bayou Tributary 24, before BMP installation.


Photo 6. Aerial view of Steele Bayou Tributary 28, before BMP installation.

Photo 6. Aerial view of Steele Bayou Tributary 28, before BMP installation.


Photo 7. Steele Bayou Tributary 33, before BMP installation.

Photo 7. Steele Bayou Tributary 33, before BMP installation.


Photo 8. Steele Bayou Tributary 33, after BMP installation.

Photo 8. Steele Bayou Tributary 33, after BMP installation.


Photo 9. Steele Bayou Tributary 47, before BMP installation.

Photo 9. Steele Bayou Tributary 47, before BMP installation.


Photo 10. Steele Bayou Tributary 47, during BMP installation.

Photo 10. Steele Bayou Tributary 47, after BMP installation.

Steele Bayou Monitoring Update

Monitoring is critical for measuring the success of the Steele Bayou watershed restoration. A briefing sheet, released as of October 24, 2011, is available here.


Monitoring Locations

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is currently operating several monitoring sites at edge-of-field and in the main channel of Steele Bayou. Data collection is being conducted at four Data collected include sediment concentration, nutrients and flow. Monitoring efforts include collection of data at four locations on the Steele Bayou main channel (bridge crossings), and at six edge-of-field locations where structures will be installed. Monitoring efforts include manual and automated sampling of water samples for nutrients and sediment concentration. In addition, stage and precipitation data are recorded at the time of sampling.

1. Steele Bayou near Glen Allen, MS
USGS Site Number: 07288847
Lat 33° 01' 53"
Long 90° 59' 53"
Site Duration: February 2008-Present

2. Steele Bayou near Grace, MS
USGS Site Number: 07288860
Lat 32° 57' 29"
Long 91° 00' 27"
Site Duration: February 2008-Present

3. Steele Bayou near Onward, MS
USGS Site Number: 07288900
Lat 32° 43' 18"
Long 91° 00' 45"
Site Duration: February 2008-Present

4. Steele Bayou below Onward, MS
USGS Site Number: 07288908
Lat 32° 40' 11"
Long 90° 57' 17"
Site Duration: February 2008-Present

5. Steele Bayou Tributary No. 1 near Grace, MS
USGS Site Number: 0728886910
Lat 32° 54' 54"
Long 90° 57' 10"
Site Duration: April 2008-Present

6. Steele Bayou Tributary No. 21 near Fitler, MS
USGS Site Number: 324239090595800
Lat 32° 42' 39"
Long 90° 59' 58"
Site Duration: December 2007-Present

7. Steele Bayou Tributary No. 33 near Fitler, MS
USGS Site Number: 324345091010400
Lat 32° 43' 45"
Long 91° 01' 04"
Site Duration: December 2007-Present

8. Steele Bayou Cut-off Tributary No. 47 near Cary, MS
USGS Site Number: 325108090581100
Lat 32° 51' 08"
Long 90° 58' 11"
Site Duration: December 2007-Present

9. Steele Bayou Tributary No. 24 near Fitler, MS
USGS Site Number: 324245091002800
Lat 32° 42' 45"
Long 91° 00' 28"
Site Duration: May 2010-Present

10. Steele Bayou Tributary No. 28 near Fitler, MS
USGS Site Number: 324322091004700
Lat 32° 43' 22"
Long 91° 00' 47"
Site Duration: May 2010-Present

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