Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Burger, Leslie M.

Committee Member

Baker, Beth

Committee Member

Downey, Laura H.

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access


Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture

Degree Name

Master of Science


College of Forest Resources


Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture


With a majority of land in the United States being utilized for agricultural production, water resource conservation has become a significant topic of interest for natural resource agencies. In partnership with the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality and Natural Resources Conservation Service, Mississippi State University conducted a stream restoration project within its agricultural research properties in Oktibbeha County, Mississippi. Water sampling during storm-runoff events was conducted to assess changes in microbial, nutrient, and sediment concentrations and loads pre- and post-restoration. In addition to these water monitoring activities, a regional survey of Cooperative Extension Service agents with agriculture and natural resource responsibilities was conducted to assess the need for in-service training on water resource conservation topics. Water quality monitoring and agent survey data were used to evaluate the restoration project’s environmental impact and potential as a demonstration site for future agent training initiatives for water resource conservation.