The Upper Pearl River – Watershed Advisory Group’s (UPR-WAG) focus area includes a watershed that drains areas of land in twelve Mississippi counties: Attala, Choctaw, Hinds, Kemper, Leake, Madison, Neshoba, Newton, Rankin, Scott, Smith, and Winston. This area includes the entire Upper Pearl River/Yockanookany Watershed and a portion of the Middle Pearl/Strong Watershed (Hydrologic Unit Codes - 0318001 and 0318002, respectively). The UPR-WAG’s activities aim to improve overall watershed health within its geographic focus area by helping protect surface water, ground water, and drinking water. The UPR-WAG supports:
Broad stakeholder involvement,
Recreational, environmental, and economic development activities,
Sustainable and improved habitat, fish and wildlife diversity, and watershed resources, and
Development, operation and maintenance of recreational facilities and activities consistent with good watershed management practices.