State Water Resources Research Institute Program

Project ID: 2008MS82B
Title: Watershed Assessment and Education
Project Type: Research
Start Date: 7/01/2008
End Date: 6/30/2010
Congressional District: 02
Focus Categories: Water Quality, Education, Surface Water
Keywords: Water quality, watershed management, water quality management, and surface water
Principal Investigator: Silitonga, Maifan
Federal Funds: $ 15,120
Non-Federal Matching Funds: $ 33,705
Abstract: The Coles Creek Watershed, located in the south-western quadrant of the state of Mississippi, is listed under the US EPA impaired water section 303(d). Degradation of the ponds/lakes and streams/creeks in this watershed is caused mostly by biological impairment, followed by nutrients, organic enrichment or Low Dissolved Oxygen, sediment/siltation, pesticides and pathogens (US EPA, 2007). These impairments causes the degradation of water quality thus causing euthrophication or algal bloom that can lead to fish kills and can also adversely affect human health. The causes of algal blooms have not been studied; therefore, data is needed to evaluate the quality of water and soil in the surrounding areas of the watershed. The data obtained will be used to analyze and determine the situation and find effective methods to solve the problem. Community participation in the area is much needed to improve, maintain, and restore the quality of water. Thus, educational materials are necessary to engage the community in protecting the quality of water in this area.

Progress/Completion Report, 2008, PDF
Progress/Completion Report, 2009, PDF
Progress/Completion Report, 2010, PDF

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