Results of Monitoring Sediment Concentration and Loads Pre and Post BMP Implementation

Author(s): Hicks, M.; Stocks, S.

The Mill Creek watershed in Rankin County, Mississippi, drains 6,200 acres and flows into Pelahatchie Bay of the Ross Barnett Reservoir. In the last twenty years, the watershed has experienced a large amount of urban growth and development. As a result of this landscape change, non-point source pollution concerns to the health of Mill Creek, its tributaries, and Pelahatchie Bay have emerged. A locally led watershed implementation team developed a plan that identified primary pollutants to Mill Creek watershed and outlined restoration activities necessary to restore the watershed to healthy conditions. Erosion and increased sedimentation were identified as primary and immediate concerns to the health of Mill Creek watershed and to the health and fisheries of Pelahatchie Bay. Strategies implemented to address sediment loading to Mill Creek included a range of activities such as bank stabilization, flow control structures, slope drains, ditch stabilizations, check dams, and storm-water runoff compliance and enforcement actions. Beginning in 2006, the U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with Rankin County Board of Supervisors and Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, began collecting water quality and streamflow data at six fixed stations in the watershed. The purpose of data collection was to document changes in suspended sediment concentrations and loads in Mill Creek and its tributaries before and after watershed restoration activities were implemented. Monitoring included the collection of stream flow, suspended-sediment concentration, and precipitation data. Preliminary data analysis suggests a decrease in sediment concentrations and loads, which may be attributable to watershed restoration activities.

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