Theses and Dissertations


Zhijun Liu

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Huddleston, David

Committee Member

Kingery, William

Committee Member

Martin, James

Committee Member

Woodrey, Mark

Committee Member

Gerard, Patrick

Date of Degree


Document Type

Dissertation - Open Access


Civil Engineering

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


James Worth Bagley College of Engineering


Department of Civil Engineering


The previously developed watershed hydrological and water quality model for St. Louis Bay watershed by Kieffer (2002) was refined and calibrated. The aspects of model development refinement included development of fertilization-related nutrient input parameters, evaluation of nutrient input methods, development of plant uptake-related nutrient input parameters, non-cropland simulation using PQUAL module, and recalibration of hydrology in Jourdan River. The related information of typical cropland management practice based on consultation from Mississippi State University Extention Service personnel was integrated into the watershed model. In addition, the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) observed water quality data were analyzed to evaluate the appropriateness of current watershed delineation and assess the health of the stream based on the MDEQ proposed numerical water quality target. The refined watershed model was calibrated in Wolf Rover and Jourdan River using both USGS and MDEQ observed water quality data. The concentrations of water quality constituents calculated from the developed watershed model will be provided as boundary conditions for the developed Bay hydrodynamic and water quality model for Total Maximum Daily Load studies.