PRVWSD Public Meeting
For Proposed Master Plan for the PRVWSD
Ridgeland, Miss. (November 4, 2013)
The Pearl River Valley Water Supply District will host a public meeting to
gather input from its leaseholders and members of the community regarding
the proposed Master Plan for PRVWSD, which it intends to consider for
adoption. The public meeting
will be held on Tuesday, November 19, 2013, at 6:00 p.m., at Reservoir
Copies of the Master
Plan may be viewed at PRVWSD’s office, located on
For more information, please contact Cindy Ford at 601-896-6574 or CFord@TheRez.MS
28 May 2013
The Board of Directors of the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District is expected to consider updated hunting regulations for Barnett Reservoir at its June 20 meeting.
Reservoir General Manager John Sigman said the comprehensive revision is a product of discussions with staff members and biologists and conservation officers from the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, and a meeting with an upriver user group committee.
“We felt it was time to bring our rules and regulations up to date, as well as making them easier for the public to understand,” Sigman said. “They were outdated to a degree, and so confusing that our own staff had different interpretations of some regulations.”
If the Board passes any or all of the proposals in June, the changes would be in effect for the Oct. 1 opening of archery season for deer.
One significant change would affect what weapons can be used to hunt deer on the nearly 10,800 acres open to public hunting.
“Instead of the state’s primitive weapon definition, which allows some centerfire rifles, our proposal is limited to true muzzle-loading guns using black powder or black powder substitutes,” Sigman said. “We aren’t
comfortable with high-power rifles being used that close to the river where people are boating and fishing.
“The wildlife agency officials suggested we allow shotguns with slugs, and we agreed. However, hunters will not be able to use buckshot. That was the consensus of everyone involved in the discussions.”
Another change would affect waterfowl hunting. While small game hunters are restricted to using shotguns only with a shot size no larger than No. 4, waterfowl hunters will be able to use any size non-toxic shot.
No centerfire or rimfire (.22 included) rifles are currently allowed on reservoir property and will remain unlawful under the proposed changes.
Other sections of the regulations clarify the use of ATV vehicles, tree stands — including mandatory use of fall arrest systems — and areas that are open and closed to hunting.
Sigman said language is included that could open the door to hunting for the first time on the 400 acres the reservoir controls below the dam on both the Rankin and Madison county sides, as well as two large parcels of land on the north shore of Pelahatchie Bay.
“Since the tracts are small, it would be limited to archery only and likely would require some kind of limited permit system,” Sigman said. “What kind of permit system, such as a weekly draw or season permit, has not been determined. Those details would have to be worked out over the summer.”
The proposed regulations are posted on the Barnett Reservoir website at therez.ms. Comments are invited but must be received no later than June 14. Please contact Cindy Ford at Cford@therez.ms with your comments.
Pearl River Valley Water Supply District
April 18, 2013
Barnett Reservoir Board of Directors adopts new lake level plan
April 4, 2013
The PRVWSD has contracted with a master planning
provider, CMPDD, to assist with long-term planning for the continuing growth
and improvement of the Barnett Reservoir. CMPDD has developed a survey for
leaseholders to determine the needs and wants of the community in the
direction of our growth.
We urge all leaseholders to take part in the survey
process so that we can better serve the community's needs.
Saturday June 29, 2013
The Barnett Reservoir Foundation along with
Pearl River Valley Water Supply Dis-trict is hosting the 2nd Annual
Independence Day Celebration on Saturday, 29 June 2013.
The event will include activities in both
The parks will host kid zones, live music, food vendors, a classic car cruise-in, and military displays with flyovers. Patrons of both parks will enjoy the lighted boat pa-rade, and of course, fireworks! The fireworks will be launched from a barge in the middle of the lake providing all a fantastic view. Admission will be free to all!
Please visit the Barnett Reservoir Foundation’s website: www.barnettreservoirfoundation.org for updates on event information.
If you would like to participate or be a sponsor of the celebration, please contact Susan McMullan at 601-605-6880 or SMcMullan@TheRez.ms; Cindy Ford at 601-605-6898 or CFord@TheRez.ms.