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Watershed Restoration & Protection Studies (319 Monitoring) - Steele Bayou
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.
Photo 1. Steele Bayou Tributary 1, before BMP installation.
Photo 2. Steele Bayou Tributary 1, after BMP installation.
Photo 3. Steele Bayou Tributary 21, before BMP installation.
Photo 4. Steele Bayou Tributary 21, after BMP installation.
Photo 5. Steele Bayou Tributary 24, 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 8. Steele Bayou Tributary 33, after BMP installation.
Photo 9. Steele Bayou Tributary 47, before BMP installation.
Photo 10. Steele Bayou Tributary 47, after BMP installation.
Steele Bayou Monitoring Update
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
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