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The Mississippi Water Resources Research Institute provides a statewide center of expertise in water and associated land-use and serves as a repository of knowledge for use in education, research, planning, and community service.


The WRRI goals are to serve public and private interests in the conservation, development, and use of water resources; to provide training opportunities in higher education whereby skilled professionals become available to serve government and private sector alike; to assist planning and regulatory bodies at the local, state, regional, and federal levels; to communicate research findings to potential users in a form that encourages quick comprehension and direct application to water related problems; to assist state agencies in the development and maintenance of a state water management plan; and to facilitate and stimulate planning and management that:

  • deals with water policy issues

  • supports state water agencies' mission with research on problems encountered and expected

  • provides water planning and management organizations with tools to increase efficiency and effectiveness of water planning and management

Project Spotlight

Catalpa Creek Restoration and Protection Project

Catalpa Creek Restoration and Protection Project

Nearly 29,000 acres of Oktibbeha and Lowndes Counties in northeast Mississippi are in the Catalpa Creek Watershed. Rainfall in the watershed flows into 31 miles of streams and creeks on its way to Columbus Lake and the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway. The watershed includes part of the city of Starkville and portions of the Mississippi State University campus and farm facilities, as well as privately owned lands. Current land cover includes hay and pasture land, cultivated crops, developed properties, and wetlands or open water. University research activities and development in the city and on campus are contributing to stream, ecosystem, and water quality degradation in the watershed. The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality currently lists Catalpa Creek as impaired and in need of restoration. Agricultural resource concerns identified for the watershed include sedimentation, grazing, sustainable forestry, and declining wildlife habitat. Urban storm water management is also a key need. Download the water resources management plan

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