What's Happening Now
Early Restoration is underway along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The first two projects, of many more to come, will enhance and restore both Artificial and Oyster Reefs in the Mississippi Sound.
The Artificial Reef Project will enhance nearshore artificial reefs in the marine waters of Mississippi. The locations of the existing nearshore reefs can be found here.
The Oyster Cultch Restoration project will enhance approximate 1,430 acres of oyster cultch within the waters of Mississippi in Harrison and Hancock counties.
Read more information about both these projects by viewing the project Fact Sheets here.
Many of us will long remember the explosion that occurred on the Deepwater Horizon drilling platform operating in the MC 252 area on April 20, 2010. As the largest oil spill in U.S. history, it triggered an unprecedented response from a host of federal and state agencies, including the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ).
Appointed by the Governor as the state trustee, MDEQ and its staff have worked around the clock since that day, addressing and documenting the damage done to our natural resources. Now that the well is effectively capped the state must assess the damage to our natural resources and implement a comprehensive and aggressive effort to restore the Gulf Coast.
Mississippians understand that the health and economy of the Gulf Coast region is dependent on the health of the Gulf of Mexico. MDEQ will do everything in its power to make sure that the responsible party’s are held accountable for the damage caused by the 2010 oil spill and they do everything in their power to restore our precious coastline to what it was before.