JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture is taking one North Mississippi watershed for a study on water quality.
The federal agency included the North Tippah Creek watershed among a list of tributaries it will monitor.
The USDA wants to look at agriculture and ways to improve conservation by farmers, ranchers and forest landowners.
This would include education on soil health, reduce erosion and lessen nutrient runoff and a review of irrigation systems and waste management systems treating livestock manure and agriculture waste.
Federal officials say the goal is to improve productivity for farms and ranchers while improving water quality for communities downstream.