The Mississippi Water Resources Research Institute provides a statewide center of expertise in water and associated land-use and serves as a repository of knowledge for use in education, research, planning, and community service.
The WRRI goals are to serve public and private interests in the conservation, development, and use of water resources; to provide training opportunities in higher education whereby skilled professionals become available to serve government and private sector alike; to assist planning and regulatory bodies at the local, state, regional, and federal levels; to communicate research findings to potential users in a form that encourages quick comprehension and direct application to water related problems; to assist state agencies in the development and maintenance of a state water management plan; and to facilitate and stimulate planning and management that:
provides water planning and management organizations with tools to increase efficiency and effectiveness of water planning and management
Grenada Lake Economic Development Project
The Grenada Chamber of Commerce contacted the Mississippi Water Resources Research Institute for assistance in promoting economic development around Grenada Lake, a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lake. The operation of the lake began in 1954 to help control flooding in the Yazoo River Basin. The 90,000-acre multi-use project is managed through the Corps' Vicksburg District for flood control, public recreation, conservation of fish and wildlife, and public forests. Grenada Lake is also home to Hugh White State Park and a recently constructed 18-hole golf course. The Chamber sought help in working with the Corps to promote economic development based on the lake's numerous recreational opportunities and bountiful natural resources. The MWRRI led two public meetings to obtain feedback on amenities and opportunities Grenada's citizens would like to see around the lake. The MWRRI then teamed with Mississippi State University's Departments of Landscape Architecture and Finance and Economics to develop a preliminary master plan and conduct economic and marketing feasibility studies, respectively.