Abstracts

Those who say it can't be done are often interrupted by somebody doing it

Author(s): Palmer, Jr., J.

The Yazoo-Mississippi Delta Joint Water Management District (YMD) was established in 1989 by the Boards of Supervisors of the seventeen counties or partial counties comprising the Mississippi Delta physiographic region. The members of the YMD Board of Commissioners (Board) are appointed by the member counties, and the headquarters office of the agency is located in Stoneville, Mississippi. The Executive Director, Deputy Director, and Financial Officer serve as the senior leadership team

Mississippi law recites:

It is the policy of the Legislature that conjunctive use of groundwater and surface water shall be encouraged for the reasonable and beneficial use of all water resources of the state. The policies, regulations and public laws of the State of Mississippi shall be interpreted and administered so that, to the fullest extent possible, the ground and surface water resources within the state shall be integrated in their use, storage, allocation and management.
Thus, the principal mission of YMD is to develop water resources management policies, plans, and projects that promote and ensure sustainable surface water and groundwater supplies for the Delta’s expanding agricultural economy. In the planning arena, YMD operates under delegation of authority from the Mississippi Commission on Environmental Quality, which approved YMD’s current water resources management plan in 2006. In the permitting arena, YMD operates under delegation of authority from the Environmental Quality Permit Board to receive and review applications for permits to utilize surface water and groundwater and make recommendations, through the Board, to the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality regarding the issuance, denial, revocation, or modification of such permits.

Over the twenty-eight years since its formation, YMD has sponsored the construction of a number of surface water and groundwater projects to maintain and enhance agricultural water supplies, support fisheries, waterfowl, and wildlife habitat, and achieve environmental restoration, in general. The largest of these projects, built in 2005, is a well field that provides groundwater for low flow augmentation in the upper Sunflower River watershed during the irrigation season in the dry weather months of the year from late Summer through late Fall. This presentation will cover both the YMD projects that have been completed over the years and others that the YMD Board is now actively supporting, promoting and pursuing.

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