Gulf of Mexico
Charles Walker / U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile District

AL - Mobile District Completes Ship Island Restoration

MOBILE, Ala. – After 10 years of planning and executing, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Mobile District’s Mississippi Coastal Improvements Program (MsCIP) completed the second largest restoration project in the history of the National Park Service, the restoration of Ship Island.

Ship Island, a barrier island on the western tip of Gulf Islands National Seashore, 10 miles off the coast of Mississippi, serves as an important as a first line of defense protecting the Mississippi coastline against incoming hurricanes and tropical storms.

Completed on December 10, 2020, the Ship Island Restoration Project was part of a five-phase effort to not only restore and protect the valuable habitats of the island, but to also enhance the resiliency of the Mississippi Sound and the nearby Mississippi coastline.

The completion of the Ship Island Restoration Project culminates not only an important project for Mobile District, but it stands as a model for how to approach large projects.

“This project is the model for how a large multi-agency, multi-disciplinary project should be conducted,” Justin McDonald, Mobile District Coastal Resiliency Program Manager said. “We had numerous partners (National Park Service, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, U.S. Geologic Survey, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Marine Fisheries Service, State of Mississippi, etc.) that we met with on a very frequent basis. They were truly part of the process, from the planning phase all the way through construction. Because of the candid and open dialogue we had with them for many years, we were able to build great relationships based on trust and professional competence. These relationships were instrumental in the success of this project.”

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