SEC. 51-8-63. Corporate body, acquisition and assumption of powers, duties and responsibilities of joint water management district; petition; water management plan; grant of water management district status.
(1) If authorized pursuant to Section 51-9-121, 51-11-13, 51-13-111 or 51-15-119, as applicable, any corporate body organized under the provisions of Chapters 9, 11, 13 and 15 of Title 51, Mississippi Code of 1972, may elect by resolution duly adopted by its board of directors, to acquire and assume the power, duties and responsibilities of a joint water management district as set forth in Sections 51-8-27 through 51-8-55, Mississippi Code of 1972, by petitioning the Commission on Environmental Quality. The petition shall be in the form and content as prescribed by the commission and shall state the intention of the district to perform functions meeting the purposes for the creation of joint water management districts set out in Section 51-8-3, Mississippi Code of 1972.
(2) The commission may deny, grant preliminary approval of the petition and request additional information or grant preliminary approval of the petition and direct the district to proceed with the formulation of a water management plan for the district.
(3) No petition shall be finally and unconditionally granted until the district has submitted to the commission a water management plan for the district that meets the criteria set forth by the commission. Upon submission of a district water management plan and the satisfactory completion of any other requirements, the commission may finally and unconditionally approve the district's petition and grant the district joint water management district status.
SOURCES: Laws, 1995, ch. 616, Sec. 1, eff from and after July 1, 1995