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November 1, 2019 - Filed Under: Healthy Water Practices, Water Quality

Thirty-five percent of Mississippi’s private drinking wells test positive for bacteria, which makes testing and remediation key health issues for the state.

October 10, 2019 - Filed Under: Environment, Water Quality

Landowners and conservation professionals can learn about pastureland conservation practices during an Oct. 25 farm tour.

Three men stand beside a white sign on a cloudless day. The sign reads “Delta Research & Extension Center, West Farm, Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, Mississippi State University.”
February 20, 2019 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Water Quality

 A new research center in the Mississippi Delta is tasked with studying agricultural water management to protect this critical natural resource.

A harvested field spans out with trees lining the right edge and far side on a sunny day.
February 15, 2019 - Filed Under: Environment, Fisheries, Water Quality

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- In past decades, researchers have revealed many connections between water bodies and adjacent landscapes. Much attention has been given to how soil, water, nutrients, pollutants -- and energy, in general -- move from land to nearby water bodies in runoff.

Illustration shows plants growing above water’s surface with root system below.
December 7, 2018 - Filed Under: Fisheries, Water

Floating islands are increasingly popular as a way to provide attractive centerpieces in ponds while improving water quality.

From the shore, floating islands look like normal earthen islands covered in plants, but they are much more than that. They are hydroponic systems that, when fully colonized by growing plants, are essentially wetlands that float on the water’s surface and provide many of the same services as natural wetlands.

Success Stories

Abby Braman standing in a creek.
Community, Natural Resources, Waste Management, Water
Volume 5 Number 3

In 2016, Abby Braman was a newcomer to Mississippi, and she began looking for places where she could enjoy the outdoors as she did growing up in New Jersey.

Dunn's Falls.
Natural Resources, Environment, Water
Volume 5 Number 3

Dunn’s Falls, near Enterprise in Lauderdale County, features a 65-foot waterfall, a gristmill pond, and a natural wildlife refuge. Preserving the most beautiful, peaceful places in Mississippi aligns with the Mississippi State University Extension Service’s mission to conserve and sustain the state’s natural landmarks and environment.

Woman standing on pier in lake holding cup of water
Mississippi Well Owner Network
Volume 3 Number 3

Not all water is so delicious that people ask for it to be carried across state lines.

Kate Lartigue of Poplarville is particularly pleased to share her water after attending a Mississippi Well Owner Network workshop offered by the Mississippi State University Extension Service and the Private Well Class. 

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