“Big Muddy” and the Majority Leader

September 24, 2009

“Big Muddy” and the Majority Leader

     NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) joins 48 legislators from ten states in Minneapolis this week to address environmental issues affecting the Mississippi River.

Norris is Chair-elect of the 16-state Southern Legislative Conference (SLC) and has been working with other Mississippi River states to improve the quality of life along the nation’s largest river.

Norris, who also serves on the West Tennessee River Basin Authority, will address the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators about his efforts to coordinate activities between the WTRBA, the Army Corps of Engineers and the Mississippi River Corridor-Tennessee.

“Economic development and the environment go hand in glove,” says Norris who was instrumental in forming and funding the Mississippi River Corridor – Tennessee project. It is a collaborative effort between the State of Tennessee, six West Tennessee Counties, and a variety of other stakeholders to create a National Scenic By-way and generate revenue from ecotourism in the area.

Norris will also discuss his efforts through the SLC to create a compact between the Lower Mississippi River Basin states of Kentucky, Missouri, Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana. “We need to work together to keep the Mississippi clean and prosperous,” says Norris who will bring the SLC’s annual convention to Memphis in 2011.

First elected to the General Assembly in 2000, Senator Norris represents the West Tennessee Counties of Dyer, Lauderdale, Tipton, and Shelby.

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