Sunday, March 18, 2012

The Pearl River Basin

Pearl River Basin

There is an interesting publication on the The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality website.

This well written and colorful publication highlights the tributaries, wildlife and water quality issues of the Pearl River Basin. 

Citizens Guide To Water Quality
 In The Pearl River Basin

The Pearl River Basin is found in central and southern Mississippi and covers over 8,700 square miles. The basin drains all or parts of 24 counties in Mississippi and three parishes in Louisiana.

Nearly one million people live in the basin—more than one third of the state’s population. Over 16,000 miles of streams and rivers flow through this basin. If laid end to end, they would reach across the United States five times!

From the headwaters in Choctaw and Winston counties to journey’s end at the coast, the Pearl River Basin is a place of contrasts with diverse landscapes and resources. 

In the northern part of the basin, the shallow streams flow freely through the rolling hills. About a third of the way along their journey, waters in the Pearl River spread out behind the dam at Ridgeland to form Barnett Reservoir. From there, the Pearl River widens through the center part of the basin as it flows south. 

In the lower portion, there are two outlet channels, the main river channel that forms the state boundary between Mississippi and Louisiana, and the West Pearl River in Louisiana. The West Pearl and Pearl rivers flow through broad floodplains of flat terrain. Here the rivers deepen and meander through lowland forests, marshes, dense cypress-tupelo swamps and estuaries.

After crossing oyster beds near its mouth at Lake Borgne, the Pearl River flows into the Mississippi Sound and out into the Gulf of Mexico.

Link to full document HERE.

The Rez News
Barnett Reservoir


Russ said...

I would highly recommended reading the full document. It is very informative.

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