There have been 14 permanent monitoring wells installed. These wells are being tested for fertilizer contamination, water depth before and after irrigation draw down and have the capability of testing for whatever is needed in the foreseeable future. The water district must maintain testing and proof that they are monitoring water. No other agency or entity needs to investigate, participate, or regulate water in the District.
The District is made up of seven counties in Southeast Missouri (Butler, Dunklin, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Scott, and Stoddard) and managed by a board of directors. Board members are nominated and voted on by the landowners within the District. Current board members are: Allen Rowland (Stoddard County), Mike Woolard (Butler County), Laura Collins (Scott County), Brian Feezor (Mississippi County), Ray Nabors (New Madrid County), Jack Tipton (Pemiscot County) and Steve Hawkins (Dunklin County).
Currently, the water district is cooperating with the US Geological survey as they access the hydrology of the lower Mississippi River water sources. Some water supplies further south in the Delta are at capacity use, and because the Southeast Missouri groundwater capacity far exceeds the use rate.
The District meets quarterly, or as needed, at the University of Missouri Fisher Delta Research Center, south of Portageville, Mo.
Citizens of the counties within the District are welcome to attend the meetings as a guest. Anyone outside the District counties is required to have permission from their board of directors to attend.