Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Martin, James

Committee Member

Johnson, Billy

Committee Member

McAnally, H. William

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access


Civil Engineering

Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.)


James Worth Bagley College of Engineering


Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering


The Contaminant Model for Streams (CMS) was developed for use in studies where both data and resources for model application are limited. CMS can be quickly and easily applied, yet it is still versatile enough to be used for a variety of conditions ranging from short term spill modeling to multi-year simulations of contaminant fate in stream water and bottom sediments. The model can be applied for both organic and inorganic contaminants. Suspended solids can be transported or a steady-state concentration may be input. Steady-state, uniform hydraulic conditions are assumed within the modeled reach, which greatly reduces model complexity. A model application may consist of one or more reaches connected in series or in a branched network. Possible sediment model configurations include: 1) water column only, 2) water column and mixed sediment layer, and 3) water column, mixed sediment layer, and deep sediment layer.