SEC. 51-8-65. Creation of joint district, approval of Commission required; aproval of water management plan a condition for creation; amendments to plan; permits, grants and loans to be consistent with plan.
(1) From and after the effective date of this act [Laws, 1995, ch. 616, eff July 1, 1995], no joint water management district shall be created without the approval of the Commission on Environmental Quality. The commission may establish criteria for the approval of a request to create a joint water management district, but may not finally approve a request and grant joint water management district status until a water management plan for the proposed district has been approved by the commission. Any amendments to the district's water management plan must also be approved by the commission.
(2) After the granting of joint water management district status to a district by the commission, neither the department, the permit board nor any other agency in the State of Mississippi shall issue any permit, grant or loan for any water related facility or project that is not consistent with a district's water management plan.
(3) In its consideration of the consistency of a project, grant or loan with a district's water management plan, the department, permit board or other agency shall notify the affected water management district of the request for a permit, grant or loan and give the district a reasonable time, but not less than ten (10) days nor more than thirty (30) days, to respond to the request.
SOURCES: Laws, 1995, ch. 616, Sec. 2, eff from and after July 1, 1995