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 Pointe, 140 Madison Landing Circle, Ridgeland, Mississippi. The Central Mississippi Planning and Development District (CMPDD) will facilitate the meeting. 


Copies of the Master Plan may be viewed at PRVWSD’s office, located on Madison Landing Circle, Ridgeland, Mississippi, beginning November 4, 2013, from 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Monday – Friday).  The Master Plan may also be viewed online via the PRVWSD’s website,, beginning November 4, 2013.


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 “They were outdated to a degree, and so confusing that our own staff had different interpretations of some regulations.”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 Comments are invited but must be received no later than June 14.  Please contact Cindy Ford at with your comments.


Pearl River Valley Water Supply District


April 18, 2013

Barnett Reservoir Board of Directors adopts new lake level plan

Pearl River Valley Water Supply District’s Board of Directors on Thursday approved a
plan to change the lake level operation of Barnett Reservoir near Jackson.

District General Manager John Sigman said the proposal directs an increase of one foot
in winter pool elevation, from 296 feet above sea level to 297 feet, from December 1
through April 10 each year.

The summer or recreational pool will remain 297.5 on the 33,000-acre lake for the rest
of the year.

“Under the previous plan, this month we began raising the lake level April 10 from
winter pool of 296 with a goal of reaching summer pool,” Sigman said. “Historically, there
have been years when we were unable to achieve summer pool. A winter pool of 297 gives
us a greater chance of reaching our target summer pool.

“We are confident that we can do this without increasing flood risk downstream, and maintaining our ability to mitigate the peak of flood events just as we have in the past.Technological advances in areas like river gauging and computer modeling give us quicker,better data to help manage high-water events. For example, we had four river gauges to use in the 1979 and ’83 floods. There are now eight gauges and they provide updatedinformation every 15 minutes.”

Sigman said Barnett Reservoir’s final design was not a flood control reservoir. Original
concept planning hoped to achieve flood control, but it was soon realized that would not be
possible. The reservoir was instead designed to provide a water supply for the City of
Jackson, and provide the area a source of recreation. He said the change in lake level would
enhance both roles, while not reducing the dam’s ability to reduce flood impact.

“Even back in 1979 and 1983, we were able, with the information resources available
then, to take between 25 and 30 percent off the peak of those catastrophic flood events,”
Sigman said. “We underwent a long process with this plan to ensure we could maintain that
ability. We are confident that we can provide the same flood reduction whether we are at
296 or 297 feet above sea level.”

Sigman said the new plan underwent thorough hydrological research by Blake Mendrop
at Mendrop Engineering in Ridgeland and subsequent examination by many groups,
including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Geological Survey, and the National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Weather Service and its Lower
Mississippi River Forecast Center.

“We had several of the brightest minds in this field look at this plan and they agreed the
research was sound; they could not poke holes in it,” Sigman said.

Reservoir officials initiated conversation with several counties and municipalities
downstream and met with officials to give them an opportunity to hear the plan.

“We heard their concerns, which range from river bank sloughing, local flash-flooding
and even low water flow in the summer and fall,” Sigman said. “While the reservoir has
little or no impact on some of those, I do feel very strongly that we can better address those
that we can impact, such as the sloughing of banks, by having more water.”

Thursday’s action adopts the engineering report and initiates the new operational rule
— April 10 to Oct 15, a level of 297.5; Oct 15 to April 10, a level of 297, with a half foot
bandwidth on either side of the operational target.

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

Old Trace ParkRidgeland, MS

Lakeshore ParkBrandon, MS



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 Old Trace Park and Lakeshore Parks.  Both Rankin County and Madison County sides of the reservoir will be able to partake in the celebrations in their local parks.


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:  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; Cindy Ford at 601-605-6898  or