Restoration projects are underway to help our Coast recover from Deepwater Horizon disaster

It is hard to believe, but April of this year marks the ninth anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon (a/k/a BP) oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Those nine years have involved not only the unprecedented response efforts in the immediate aftermath of the spill, but also settlement negotiations, and the implementation of projects to help restore the natural resources and the economy of the Gulf of Mexico region.

While it took several years of behind-the-scenes work among the Gulf states and federal agencies to reach a settlement, part of which includes $2.17 billion for Mississippi, you may not be aware of the current efforts to implement projects that benefit the Gulf Coast’s natural resources and its economy.

As the agency charged by Gov. Phil Bryant with managing the Deepwater Horizon restoration efforts in Mississippi, the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality has held multiple public meetings, including its annual Restoration Summit, across the Coast to seek input on the types of projects that are needed. In addition, the recommendations made by GoCoast2020 and its members have been invaluable in creating local, impactful projects.

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