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Watershed Restoration & Protection Studies (319 Monitoring)

Project Chief: Matthew B. Hicks
Lead Project Technician: Shane Stocks
Project Technicians: Jared Wright, David Burt
Project Intern: Mitchell Johnson
- Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ)
- U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, Vicksburg District
- Delta Farmers Advocating Resource Management (Delta F.A.R.M.)
- Mississippi Soil & Water Conservation Commission
- U.S. Department of Agriculture - Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS)
- Washington County Soil & Water Conservation District
- Rankin County
- Washington County


The USGS-MWSC partners with various federal, state and local cooperating agencies to implement Monitoring Plans for watershed restoration or protection projects. The purpose of monitoring is to measure change in water quality throughout the duration of watershed specific restoration efforts targeted to remediate specific pollutants of concern. The goal is to document, using defensible scientific data, success of these water quality restoration efforts. Currently, monitoring efforts are on-going in seven watersheds across the State. Data-collection activities include sampling for hydrology, sediment, nutrients, and biological communities. Sampling frequency can ranged from periodic, manual sample collection to automated real-time monitoring. All data-collection activities follow procedures and quality assurance plans of both the USGS and cooperating agencies.

Map showing study area.

Map showing project study area locations for 20 Mile/Donivan Creek, Harris Bayou, Porters Bayou, Bee Lake, Lake Washington, Steele Bayou, and Mill Creek. Click on the links above for more information about each project study area.

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.

Project Study Areas

Click on the project name below, or map labels to the left, for individual project descriptions:

20 Mile/Donivan Creek Harris Bayou Porters Bayou Bee Lake Lake Washington Steele Bayou Mill Creek Map showing study area.

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