|Smith Jr, Sammie|
Submitted to: Lakes Oceans Rivers & Estuaries Newsletter
Publication Type: Experiment Station
Publication Acceptance Date: 5/1/1996
Publication Date: N/A
Technical Abstract: The Mississippi Delta Management Systems Evaluation Area (MDMSEA) involves federal, state, and local, agencies, working together on a 5-year nonpoint water quality project in the Mississippi Delta. Assessing how agricultural activities affect water quality and increasing the knowledge needed to design/evaluate Best Management Practices (BMPs) are the major purposes of the project. Leading the research are ARS, USGS, and Mississippi State University. This article features work being done by ARS. Presently, ARS has 13 scientists conducting research in this project with the potential for more. The ARS Project Leader, Sammie Smith, Jr., who is at the National Sedimentation Laboratory in Oxford, MS, is responsible for budgetary matters for the three participating ARS locations (Oxford and Stoneville, MS and Baton Rouge, LA). He has technical and scientific responsibility for the ARS research effort, assuring that no important research components are omitted. Initiating extramural agreements with cooperators, conducting meetings to review research progress, and serving as editor/publisher of the quarterly project newsletter are among his other duties. He has co-responsibility with Dr. Jonathon Schreiber for determining the impact of MDMSEA farming systems on shallow ground water quality. The ongoing MDMSEA project is an excellent example of what can be accomplished with open- minded cooperation from many agencies and individuals.