Norris Appointed to West Tennessee River Basin Authority

August 29, 2007

Norris Appointed to

     NASHVILLE, Tenn. — State Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) has been appointed to serve on the West Tennessee River Basin Authority.  The term will run through January 2009.

The Authority has 29 members, most of whom represent the county governments of West Tennessee.  By law, one member of the state House of Representatives and one Senator, each from West Tennessee, also serve as members.  In conjunction with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, the Authority serves to protect and sustain of the watersheds and adjoining lands of West Tennessee.

Norris previously served as Vice-chairman of the Shelby County Chickasaw Basin Authority and chaired the Metropolitan Storm Water Study Commission before his election to the State Senate in 2000. He was instrumental in securing funding for the acquisition of greenbelt and flood storage along the Wolf River as well as the soon to be completed environmental remediation project by the Corps of Engineers.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to serve my fellow West Tennesseans in this capacity.  I look forward to strengthening the West Tennessee Basin Authority as we support the important mission of serving landowners while providing flood control and good stewardship of our natural resources,” said Norris.

Senator Norris serves as Senate Majority Leader and represents District 32, which includes Dyer, Lauderdale, Tipton, and Shelby Counties.

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