Water-Quality Data of Selected Streams in the Mississippi River Alluvial Plain, Northwestern Mississippi, September–October 2007-08

Author(s): Hicks, M. ;  Stocks, S.

Between September 2007 and October 2008, the U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, collected and analyzed water-quality samples from streams in the Yazoo River basin within the Mississippi River Alluvial Plain in northwestern Mississippi. Water-quality samples were collected and analyzed for various physical and chemical characteristics, including but not limited to suspended sediment, nutrients, and chlorophyll a. In addition, continuous field parameter measurements (water temperature, pH, specific conductance, dissolved oxygen and turbidity) were collected at 30-minute intervals for a minimum of 72 hours using deployed multi-parameter water-quality sondes. In 2007, water-quality samples were analyzed from 56 sites located across the study area with continuous data measured at 28 of these sites. In 2008, water-quality samples were analyzed and continuous data measured at an additional 16 sites across the study area. Data collected throughout this project will be used in the development of water-quality indicators to assess water-quality health. These indicators will assist in the development and evaluation of restoration and remediation plans for water bodies not meeting their designated uses, as stated in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Water Act Section 303(d).


Technical Presentations

  • Delta Water Quality
  • Delta Water and Agriculture
  • Wetlands
  • Water Quality
  • Sediments
  • Non-Point
  • Management and Sustainability
  • Wood Treatment
  • Modeling
  • Soil and Water Treatment


Responsible Site Design: Implementing Innovative Stormwater Management Strategies

The primary goal of the workshop is to create a dynamic learning experience that examines the role of stormwater management in the built environment. The workshop will focus on integrating ecologically sound water management approaches into site design. After the workshop, attendees will be familiar with the following concepts and technical issues:

  • Knowledge of the stormwater treatment chain
  • Knowledge of the impact of land use codes on stormwater management
  • Application of a design process that mitigates the effects of stormwater on-site
  • Knowledge of the relationship between land use codes and design for innovative stormwater management


For information contact:
Jessie Schmidt
Box 9680
Mississippi State, MS 39762