McAnally set to lead water resources association


William H. McAnally

William H. McAnally will become president of the Mississippi Water Resources Association at the end of its annual conference in Biloxi this week. He will receive the gavel from Anthony B. Hauer of Natchez, president since 2010.

McAnally is a research professor of engineering in the Bagley College of Engineering and associate director of the Geosystems Research Institute at Mississippi State University. He holds a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Arizona State University, and a master's degree and doctorate in coastal and oceanographic engineering from the University of Florida.

U. S. Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss) is scheduled to deliver the keynote address at the Nov. 7-9 annual conference. In addition to his duties as deputy whip, Wicker serves on the Transportation Committee, and will speak about the importance of Mississippi’s ports to the economy.

McAnally’s research efforts include ecosystem assessment and modeling, watershed and estuarine processes and waterborne transportation. One of his most notable projects is the recent development of the H3O team -- Healthy Watersheds, Healthy Oceans, Healthy Ecosystems -- which includes multi-disciplinary membership from across the northern Gulf of Mexico region.

McAnally and his wife, Carol, live in Columbus and have four children and six grandchildren.

The Mississippi Water Resources Association promotes the advancement of Mississippi’s rivers, ports and harbors, coastal and inland waterways, flood control, recreation, water development and management, water supply and all other beneficial uses of water resources. The organization’s members are committed to meeting the water needs of our citizens, providing sustainable international economic opportunities through our ports and waterways.

MWRA works closely with Mississippi’s 16 public ports that are located on the Gulf of Mexico, the Mississippi River and the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway. The ports of Mississippi, both directly and indirectly, support almost a $6.5 billion value-added contribution to the statewide economy, paying almost $3.5 billion in income to 93,150 employees.

Debbie McBride | High Performance Computing Collaboratory

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