NASHVILLE, Tenn. — State Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) has been reappointed by Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey to serve on the West Tennessee River Basin Authority. The term will run through January 2013.
The Authority has 31 members, most of whom represent the county governments of West Tennessee. By law, two members of the state House of Representatives and two members of the Senate, all from West Tennessee, also serve as members. In conjunction with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, the Authority serves to protect and sustain 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 environmental remediation project by the Corps of Engineers. He also serves on the Advisory Council of the Mississippi River Corridor-Tennessee and was influential in obtaining National Scenic Byway designation of West Tennessee’s Great River Road last year.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to continue serving my fellow West Tennesseans in this capacity. I look forward to working with the West Tennessee Basin Authority and supporting landowners while providing good stewardship of our natural resources,” said Norris. “During this appointment, I will continue efforts to improve the Lower Mississippi River Basin by strengthening her tributaries.” Norris is currently working with the USDA on the Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative to improve water quality in the Forked Deer, Obion, and Red River watersheds.
Senator Norris serves as Majority Leader in the Tennessee Senate and represents District 32, which includes Dyer, Lauderdale, Tipton, and Shelby Counties.
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