Water_Quality

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​319 WATER QUALITY PROGRAM
​​   The purpose of the Mississippi Soil and Water Conservation Commission’s (MSWCC) 319 Program is to assist landowner/operators with the installation of Best Management Practices on agricultural lands and inform/educate individuals about nonpoint source pollution in selected watersheds across Mississippi that are considered to be impaired.
   Funding for the program is authorized by Congress through Section 319 of the Federal Clean Water Act. The Act provides funding to the Environmental Protection Agency, with funds distributed to the state’s water quality agencies to address nonpoint sources of pollution.
   In Mississippi, the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) is the lead agency for the development and implementation of the 319 Program.
   The MSWCC has been designated at the lead agency for agricultural non-point source pollution. Through agreements with MDEQ, the MSWCC implements information/education projects and land treatment cost-share projects across the State.
   Funds for 319 projects are used to pay for up to 60 percent of project costs with a 40 percent match being required. Landowner participation in the program is 100 percent voluntary. 
Lee County 319 photo.jpgMSWCC Environmental Administrator Lee Smith updates attendees at the Lee County Supervisors’ Breakfast and SWCD meeting Aug. 19, 2019, about the upcoming Carmichael Creek Watershed 319 Project.

MSWCC Field Rep Robin Tisdale (behind podium) assists Smith with his presentation.

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​319 Water Quality Projects

Project

Location

Total Project Cost

Congressional District

Little Topashaw Creek

Chickasaw  Webster

$500,000.00

1

Jasper Creek

Union Tippah

$841,000.00

1

Dry Creek

Covington

$759,167.00

3

Basket Creek

Tate

$354,000.00

1


National Water Quality Initiative

The MS Soil & Water Conservation Commission has developed Watershed Assessments on the Tilda Bogue-Bear Creek Watershed in Madison County, as well as the Hudson Creek - Clear Creek Watershed in LaFayette County, in order for these watersheds to be eligible for funding through the National Water Quality Initiative in FY 2020.

 

We are also in the process of developing Watershed Assessments for the Lynn Creek - Homochitto River watershed in Adams and Wilkinson County, as well as the Booths Creek - Bayou Pierre watershed in Claiborne County, in order for them to be eligible for NWQI funding in FY 2020.​ ​