Round Island Living Shoreline Demonstration and Protection Project (Planning)
DWH Project Funding
Known Leveraged Funding
Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council
The RESTORE Act Funds Bucket 3: Spill Impact Component
The purpose of the Round Island Living Shoreline Demonstration and Protection Project (Planning) (the Project) is to support the restoration and protection of natural resources, ecosystems, fisheries, marine and wildlife habitats, beaches, and coastal wetlands of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Region through the planning, engineering and design and permitting of living shoreline structures at the Round Island Beneficial Use (BU) site to protect the newly created sand berm and marsh from erosion. Activities may also include planning and permitting for expansion of the footprint of the current Round Island BU site. Round Island is a 220-acre coastal marsh island that replaces a years’ worth of coastal marsh and habitat loss in Mississippi, and additionally was created to provide significant ecological benefits for coastal birds as well as other coastal species that use a marsh habitat. The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) is interested in evaluating living shoreline techniques which utilize material to stabilize shorelines as well as provide a variety of ecosystem service benefits to protect the investment in Round Island. This Project will be implemented by MDEQ.