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Inventory and Classification of Oxbow Lakes in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley


August 2016 - July 2019


The Mississippi Alluvial Valley contains a diverse mosaic of aquatic habitats formed through the meandering of multiple rivers. The valley includes hundreds of perennial lakes formed via channel cut-offs, known as oxbow lakes. While environmental data are sometimes available on some of these lakes, the data are scattered throughout multiple databases, and therefore existing broad-scale characterizations of this resource are inadequate. The goal of this project is to create an inventory of the lakes in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley containing biophysical data relevant to the management of biological resources. This project is a collaboration of USGS, USACE, and Mississippi State University.


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 101

Masters Students: 239

Phd Students: 154

Post Docs: 55

University Staff: 241

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 695

Scientific Publications: 1962

Presentations: 4417



Funding Agencies

  • ERDC


Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey