Eastland, Barlow to speak at Delta Council
Dr. Jeannie Barlow, Program Officer with the United States Geological Service (USGS) Lower Mississippi Gulf Water Science Center, and
Delta Council President Woods Eastland will speak to Delta 1000 members about the region’s groundwater aquifer challenges and opportunities at the Delta Council Annual Meeting in Cleveland prior to the Business Session.
“One of the Delta’s greatest long-term issues we are facing is the decline of water levels in the Mississippi River Valley Alluvial Aquifer. We applaud the work of agencies such as USGS which are steadily collecting data and modeling scenarios that are critical to identifying potential solutions. Dr. Jeannie Barlow is a key individual in the research and development of encouraging more sustainable water resources for the future of our region,” said Woods Eastland.
Jeannie Barlow is currently serving as the Assistant Director for Water Availability and Use Studies at USGS, an area which covers 5 states from Arkansas to Alabama. She received a B.S. in geology from Millsaps College in Jackson, a M.S. from the University of Arizona's Hydrology and Water Resources Program in Tucson, Arizona, and completed her doctoral degree from Mississippi State University's Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Aquaculture. She has spent a large part of her career studying the role of groundwater and surface-water exchange on water quantity and quality in water stressed regions.
Eastland, a Sunflower County landowner, serves on the Board of Directors for Yazoo Mississippi Delta Water Management District (YMD), which helps to address water supply and conservation resources in our region. He is a retired Staplcotn Chief Executive Office and Chairman of the Board of Directors.
Delta 1000 is a program initiated by Delta Council over 30 years ago to ask all of the members of Delta Council to pay $100 above and beyond their regular membership dues. This support through the "Delta 1000" Program has helped Delta Council maintain one of the most effective area wide economic development programs in the entire nation.
The presentation will begin at 9 a.m. in the McPherson Recital Hall of the Bologna Performing Arts Center, and the 84th Delta Council Annual Meeting Business Session will begin at 10:30 a.m. This year’s business session will include an address by Delta native David Abney, CEO and Chairman of United Parcel Service, and other activities traditionally associated with the meeting of the region's economic development organization.
Sponsors for the 84th Delta Council Day include BankPlus, Catfish Farmers of Mississippi, Cotton, Inc., Delta State University, Mississippi Corn Promotion Board, Mississippi Land Bank, Mississippi Rice Promotion Board, Mississippi Soybean Promotion Board, Sanders, Inc., and Southern Ag Credit.