MWRA 2016 Annual Mississippi Water Conference

Welcome to the MWRA’s inaugural water blog.  I will do my best to provide timely and meaningful information on events of interest to Mississippi’s water management community. 

We just wrapped up our annual Mississippi Water Conference.  MWRA’s Conference is intended to promote fellowship between Mississippi’s diverse water family and to strengthen and expand personal and professional networks and relationships.  This year we tried something new and returned to something old with the conference.  For the first time we had two parallel tracks of speakers one for water management and the other for ports.  On the waterside, we returned to our roots so to speak by inviting some of federal and state agencies that either regulate, monitor or provide technical and financial assistance relevant to water resources management and development.  Our first session, moderated by Dr. Jonathan Pote from Mississippi State University had speakers from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) to provide a broad, general overview of their non-regulatory, water programs.  Mr. Jamie Crawford from the Pickering Firm, Inc. moderated the second session, which got us down to the project level with presentations from the U.S. Geological Survey, MDEQ’s Dam Safety Program and NRCS’s Watershed Rehabilitation Program.  I moderated the final session which was a roundtable evaluation of the new, old approach selection of topics and speakers.  One topic that came up was the possibility of MWRA partnering with a water district or levee board  to organize a smaller, more focused river basin workshop to engage county and municipal leaders to discuss their water concerns and try to transform them into viable project ideas.  Also, planning for the 2017 Conference will begin before you know it.  Please share your thoughts and suggestions for topics or speakers for the 2017 Conference with us.

Jeff Ballweber
Special Projects Director, 
Pickering Firm

1 comment:

  1. Regional symposia on water management will be a great addition to our activities. We can offer one for each major river basin and then have a rollup of the best practices at our annual conference.