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Mississippi Gulf Coast Water Quality Improvement Program

Implementing Organization

Mississippi State


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Funding Organization

Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council

Funding Program

The RESTORE Act Funds Bucket 3: Spill Impact Component


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Monitoring and Observations

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Project Description

The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council (RESTORE Council) has identified restoration of water quality as a restoration goal. Further, as a result of multiple stakeholder engagement forums the State of Mississippi has prioritized the improvement of water quality for promoting ecosystem health, and restoring and revitalizing Mississippi’s economy. Restoration and improvement of water quality, as a natural resource, will benefit the marine/coastal ecosystems, habitats, and fisheries, as well as the economy of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Region. Water quality impairment in coastal systems is a global phenomenon that is not only limited to nutrient pollution and associated hypoxia, but also tied with bacteriological impairment. There are numerous freshwater inputs into Mississippi’s bays, estuaries, and the Mississippi Sound, including inputs from urban systems, that result in alterations to water quality. This change in water quality is often associated with changes in water column conditions (i.e., hypoxia, eutrophication, and bacterial loads), and can also lead to the body of water not meeting its intended use (i.e., recreation or fishery). A significant amount of water quality impairment is attributed to urban runoff, discharge, and overflow issues associated with wastewater management.


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