ProjectsPearl River Interpretive Plaza
City of Columbia
Professional Services Provided:
Stormwater and Flood Control, Site Development, County and Municipal Services
What has the Pearl River done for you? It has done plenty for the cities along its 444-mile length in Mississippi — it has carved out town sites, generated endless opportunities for sporting and recreation, created habitats for unique species, provided flowing water for business and industries, served as a discharge point for treated wastewater. The City of Columbia has always made sure to be a good steward of the brown water, and it asked Dungan Engineering to help it teach its citizens the river’s story with the Pearl River Interpretive Plaza, a small park in the downtown area that maps out the river’s length and location in a scaled-down model. The water’s path is cut into the concrete plaza in sharp angles, with each Mississippi county shaded a different color and identified with brass nameplates. The model river is fed from an artesian well that supplied water to industries near the site until the early 1900s.