The Mississippi Sound Estuarine Program
State of Mississippi
DWH Project Funding
Known Leveraged Funding
Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council
The RESTORE Act Funds Bucket 2: Comprehensive Plan
This project develops coordination tools to support the establishment and function of a Mississippi Sound Estuarine Program (MEP). The Program would geographically encompass the Pearl River on the west to the Escatawpa River in the east. It would include the Hydrologic Unit Code (HUC) 8 watersheds of these two major river systems, as well as those in between the two systems, as an area of interest (AOI). This AOI overlaps with the AOI associated with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund (GEBF) Mississippi Coastal Restoration Plan project. The purpose of the MEP is to create a structure to connect restoration and investment efforts of Mississippi state agencies, federal agencies, as well as the restoration and ecosystem-based research of academic institutions (both community colleges and universities) toward a greater collaborative, cohesive, science-based restoration effort.