The Effects of Land Use and Contaminant Transport at a Proposed Reservoir Site in Smith County, Mississippi
Cherry, William Earl
AdvisorSchmitz, Darrel W.
This study investigates nutrient and contaminant transport within the Oakohay Creek watershed in order to (1) demonstrate the effects of land use on water quality, (2) model and predict the trophic state of the proposed reservoir given current nutrient loads, and (3) understand potential groundwater flow paths within the reservoir footprint. This study demonstrates that the current, large-scale poultry industry, though not statistically significant with a confidence of 95%, does have a negative impact on the surface water quality. The study also shows evidence for a eutrophic reservoir (TSI-P of 59.4 area-weighted mean) with an increased potential for nuisance algal growth in the northeast segment (TSI-P of 66.0). Dye tracing studies suggest the potential for groundwater flow out of the reservoir as a result of potential paleo-channels within the Glendon Limestone. This study concludes that the location on the Oakohay Creek is not suitable for the construction of a reservoir.