Preliminary Assessment of Ecosystem Services Provided by Moist-Soil Wetlands

Author(s): Spencer, A. ;  Kaminski, R.

Management of moist-soil wetlands is intended to promote seed and tuber producing annual vegetation and production of aquatic invertebrates, both of which provide critical food for waterfowl and other wetland wildlife. Moist-soil management of marginal cropland and other similar lowlands can potentially enhance quality of discharge water and run-off in agricultural landscapes such as the Mississippi Alluvial Valley. Seasonal decay of wetland vegetation sustains nutrient cycling and is the foundation of detrital based food webs in these systems. Crayfish (Procambarus sp.) populations are dependent upon the detrital based food web, provide a source of protein and other nutrients for wetland wildlife, and can be harvested for human consumption. During late-winter to early summer 2009, we monitored water quality, detritus accumulation and decay, invertebrate abundance, and crayfish harvest characteristics in public and privately managed moist-soil wetlands throughout Mississippi. The results from our monitoring efforts will be used to estimate potential ecosystem services provided by moist-soil management such as sediment abatement, nutrient retention, invertebrate production, and crayfish harvest. Demonstrating multiple ecological and economical benefits of moist-soil wetlands may encourage landowners to develop and manage natural wetlands within guidelines of conservation programs such as the Farm Bill’s Wetland and Conservation Reserve Programs.


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