Press release from the Office of Tennessee Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey; February 12, 2013:
(February 12, 2013, NASHVILLE) – Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey (R-Blountville) today announced the appointment of Senator John Stevens (R-Huntingdon) to the West Tennessee River Basin Authority, a division of the state’s Environment and Conservation Department.
“John Stevens is an outstanding young lawyer and an excellent freshman member of the Senate,” said Lt. Governor Ramsey. “I have every confidence that he will do West Tennessee proud on this commission.”
“Our waterways are central to this state’s economy and critical to West Tennessee’s way of life,” said Sen. Stevens. “I look forward to finding innovative ways to conserve our beautiful natural resources while protecting the rights of property owners. I’d like to thank Lt. Governor Ramsey for allowing me to serve West Tennessee on the Authority.”
Administratively attached to the Department of Environment and Conservation, the West Tennessee River Basin Authority was created in 1972 to preserve the natural flow and function of the Hatchie, Loosahatchie, Obion and Forked Deer River basins.
Covering a twenty-county area of West Tennessee comprised of Lauderdale, Lake, Dyer, Obion, Madison, Weakley, Henry, Gibson, Carroll, Benton, Decatur, Hardin, Haywood, Crockett, Henderson, Chester, McNairy, Tipton, Fayette and Hardeman Counties, the authority is made up of 31 members that include state lawmakers, county mayors and state conservation, agriculture and wildlife officials.