Hancock County Marsh Living Shoreline
DWH Project Funding
Known Leveraged Funding
Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council
The RESTORE Act Funds Bucket 3: Spill Impact Component
Habitat Restoration and Enhancement
The purpose of the Hancock County Marsh Living Shoreline (HCMLS) 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 by adding additional components to the current Hancock County Marsh Living Shoreline project. In 2013, the State of Mississippi began implementation of the HCMLS project through early restoration funding under the Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) process, which has constructed almost 6 miles of living shorelines and 46 acres of oyster reefs and will construct an additional 46 acres of marsh. This Project will allow the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) to increase the acreage of marsh protected in Hancock County and enhance community resilience by mitigating further coastal erosion of one of the largest contiguous marsh complexes in coastal Mississippi, while providing storm surge and wind/wave erosion protection for coastal ecosystems and coastal communities. The project will be implemented by MDEQ and include engineering and design, permitting and construction of approximately 1.5 miles of additional living shoreline extending the existing HCMLS to the area near Bayou Caddy.