Drainage Assistance

Tombigbee River Valley Water Management District Procedure

All Projects must come through the county;

Resolution from the Boards of Supervisors;

Inspection by the Tombigbee River Valley Water Management District Staff;

Cost Estimate prepared by the Tombigbee River Valley Water Management Staff; and

Presentation Made to the Tombigbee River Valley Water Management District's Board of Directors.

If the Tombigbee River Valley Water Management District's Board of Directors approves the project then required paperwork is mailed to respective counties for signatures:

  • Local Cooperation Agreement between County and the Tombigbee River Valley Water Management District;
  • Right to Enter Agreement;
  • Easements to be signed by Property Owners; and
  • Attorney's Certification that all Documents have been provided.

Letter/permit application to the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers (and Tennessee Valley Authority if in the Tennessee River Basin) requesting a wetlands determination.

A determination is made by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers that all 404 permit requirements have been met before most projects are started.

Tombigbee River Valley Water Management District Work Prioritization Practices

Since we do not have the luxury of working where we would like to work and everyone cannot be first, we found it was necessary to establish some guidelines concerning work priority. We meet regularly to determine the schedule and anyone is welcome to join us:

These are our present "guidelines" in a condensed form:

  1. Safety for everyone in our District including our team members is the first priority.
  2. Transportation and keeping all designated roads open. This includes school buses and mail carriers.
  3. Eliminating the flooding of homes.
  4. Controlling or eliminating crop damage.
  5. Controlling or eliminating timber damage.
  6. Keeping rivers, creeks, and tributaries open to appropriate water flow.
  7. The elimination of items that will create future drainage problems.
  8. Supporting other governmental agencies.
  9. Game habitat improvement.
  10. Creating pleasing appearance.

There are other things that influence our schedule:

  • Large floods
  • Geographical and logistics consideration
  • Governmental plans and reimbursements
  • Yearly activity
    1. U. S. Army Corps of Engineers.
    2. Contractual obligations.
    3. Town Creek Watershed Work.
  • Other