|The Pascagoula River Basin is Mississippi’s second largest basin draining an area of about 9,600 square miles before emptying into the Gulf of Mexico. Major streams include the Pascagoula, Leaf, and Chickasawhay Rivers, as well as Black and Red Creeks. The Pascagoula River System is the last unregulated major river system in the lower 48 states.|
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|What you will find on this link about the Pascagoula River Basin.|
There are 27 state and federal agencies coordinating their activities in the Pascagoula River Basin.
During the planning year of the Basin Management Approach, the team of resource agency partners develops a report that describes what we know about the basin. This report describes the features, water quality conditions, and existing conservation programs within the basin.
Each impaired water body will have a report completed for each pollutant causing impairment. Each TMDL report includes the suspected sources of impairment, and predicts a reduction of the pollutant necessary to restore the water body to its intended use. For more information about the TMDL program, please click on the TMDL Quick Link.
MDEQ monitors the quality of surface water throughout the state. Monitoring data and information are used to make water quality assessments. Assessments are general characterizations of water body health. The state's most comprehensive assessment report is the Federal Clean Water Act Section 305(b) Water Quality Inventory Report. For more information about the 305(b) report and the water assessment process, please go to the Assessment Section Quick Link. The most recent 305(b) report with assessment information for this basin can be found at the link below.
|Water Quality Assessment Report- Section 305(b) Report|
The Section 303(d) List of Water Bodies lists the impaired segments of specific water bodies, the location and length impaired, the cause of impairment, and the intended use.
Surface waters (e.g., streams, rivers, lakes, estuearies, etc) are assigned intended uses. These designations allow regulatory agencies to establish water quality goals, which protect aquatic life and allow safe use by the public. These goals are referred to as Water Quality Standards. The designations that exist in Mississippi are Public Water Supply, Shellfish Harvesting, Recreation, and Fish and Wildlife (i.e., Aquatic Life Use Support). Click the link below for a map or a list of the designated waters of the Pascagoula and Ephemeral River Basin.
|Water Quality Impairments- Section 303(d) List|
|The Basin Management Approach, TMDLs, Assessments, and Standards Sections are all part of the Surface Water Division of MDEQ. For more information about activities relating to surface water, please visit the link to the Surface Water Division Home Page.|