Corps of Engineers clarifies Watershed District’s authority on permits

The United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Vicksburg, MS. regulatory division and permitting division gave a presentation to the Jackson Parish Watershed District (JPWD) at their regularly scheduled meeting held on March 17th. 

The purpose of this presentation was to clarify permitted activities and non-permitted activities on Caney Creek. It was concluded that the JPWD has no authority to issue permits for Sea Walls, Bulk Heads and boat launches on Caney Creek Reservoir. The board decided if a permit is required for these activities, the individual must contact the USACE for a permit and not the JPWD.

In corresponding action, it was agreed to allow any board member the authority to preapprove building permits and issue a building permit prior to a regular scheduled meeting as long as it meets all rules adopted after March 3rd, 2022, special called meeting.

The meeting began with public comments where Jack Laird voiced his complaint about leaf litter and limbs being disposed in Caney Lake. Board members in attendance Kent Hightower, Roy Barlow, Jerry Chestnut, Gary Joynor, Wes Harvey, Daniel Ponder and Jimmy Waggoner said they would look into this matter further. 

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