Pat Harrison Waterway District
|Purpose||Flood control, Recreation|
|Headquarters||6081 U.S. Route 49 south,
|Southeastern and East Central Mississippi|
|Website||Pat Harrison Waterway District|
Pat Harrison Waterway District (PHWD) is a Mississippi State Agency with headquarters in Hattiesburg. The agency was created in 1962 with a directive of flood control in southeastern and east central Mississippi.
History and mission
When the Waterway District was created in 1962, its main mission was flood control for rivers and their tributaries along the Pascagoula River Basin in southeastern and east central Mississippi. In addition to flood control, the agency’s mission expanded to include water management and recreation. The District derives its name from Pat Harrison, who served Mississippi as U.S. Representative (1911–19) and Senator (1919-41).
Funding for PHWD comes from ad valorem taxes collected in member Counties, park recreation fees, timber sales, and interest from investments. PHWD is governed by an 18 member Board of Directors, with one Director appointed from each of the 15 member Counties and three Directors appointed by the Governor of Mississippi. Full-time employees are located at the central office in Hattiesburg and at the District’s eight water parks.
Originally, there were 15 Mississippi counties in the Pat Harrison Waterway District:
As of 2014, three counties (Forrest, Jasper, and Lamar) had withdrawn from the District.
Water resources in the Pascagoula River Basin, over which Pat Harrison Waterway District has jurisdiction, include:
The agency oversees eight water parks with public amenities that include camp sites, boat launches, cabins, picnic areas, swimming areas, and meeting facilities.
- Water Resources Association: Pat Harrison Waterway District Retrieved 2014-05-13.
- Pat Harrison Waterway District celebrates 50th anniversary Retrieved 2012-12-15.
- Pat Harrison Waterway District Retrieved 2012-12-13.
- A review of the Pat Harrison Waterway District’s Management of Archusa Creek Water Park Retrieved 2012-12-15
- PEER report to the Mississippi Legislature Retrieved 2012-12-15.
- Pat Harrison Waterway District moving headquarter location Retrieved 2014-05-13.
- Citizen leases Little Black Creek Water Park property Retrieved 2014-05-14.