Improving the Capacity of Mississippi’s Rural Water Associations Through Board Management Training

Author(s): Barrett, J.

The Mississippi legislature enacted legislation designed to increase the capacity of Mississippi’s rural water associations’ boards and small municipal water systems’ government officials to provide safe drinking water and be aware of the technical and legal responsibilities assumed by these individuals. This legislation mandated that the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH), in cooperation with other organizations such as the Mississippi Rural Water Association (MSRWA), provide training to the governing bodies of these systems. To this end, the MSDH contracted with the Mississippi State University Extension Service (MSUES) to develop training curricula and provide coordination and evaluative services to facilitate the provision of quality training opportunities accessible to clientele across the state. Furthermore, partnerships between MSUES, MSRWA, the Mississippi Water and Pollution Control Operators Association, and the Community Resource Group, have resulted in the development of several cutting edge curricula that have been nationally recognized.


Technical Presentations

  • Delta Water Quality
  • Delta Water and Agriculture
  • Wetlands
  • Water Quality
  • Sediments
  • Non-Point
  • Management and Sustainability
  • Wood Treatment
  • Modeling
  • Soil and Water Treatment


Responsible Site Design: Implementing Innovative Stormwater Management Strategies

The primary goal of the workshop is to create a dynamic learning experience that examines the role of stormwater management in the built environment. The workshop will focus on integrating ecologically sound water management approaches into site design. After the workshop, attendees will be familiar with the following concepts and technical issues:

  • Knowledge of the stormwater treatment chain
  • Knowledge of the impact of land use codes on stormwater management
  • Application of a design process that mitigates the effects of stormwater on-site
  • Knowledge of the relationship between land use codes and design for innovative stormwater management


For information contact:
Jessie Schmidt
Box 9680
Mississippi State, MS 39762