Jackson, the capital of Mississippi, receives its drinking water from the Ross Barnett Reservoir (RBR). This reservoir is in turn fed by the Upper Pearl River, a fluvial system with its own separate watershed and an approximate area of 7,588 square kilometers (Parajuli, 2011). In the past, the RBR and Upper Pearl River Watershed have been reported to contain trace metals, specifically manganese, iron, aluminum and fertilizers in higher concentrations than previous years’ sampled.