The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality  hosted a series of Resource Summits across the three coastal counties. The summits focused on specific resources identified by the public during the Community Conversations held by MDEQ last fall.

The February summits  provided the public with an opportunity to learn how the Mississippi Comprehensive Ecosystem Restoration Tool (MCERT) works, and how it will be utilized in the restoration process. The information gathered at all of the Resource Summits is being reviewed and readied for a report that will be posted to this website in the upcoming weeks. Please check back here for updates on the upcoming report.

The Resource Summits are a part of the  $3.6 million grant awarded to the State of Mississippi for the Mississippi Coastal Restoration Plan from the Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund which is administered by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. This multi-phase, three-year project will develop a comprehensive plan for restoring and conserving Mississippi’s coastal natural resources. As part of the planning process Mississippi held a series of Community Conversations – one in each of the coastal counties (Hancock – Bay St. Louis; Harrison – Gulfport; Jackson – Ocean Springs). A number of non-governmental organizations, community organizations and state and federal agencies assisted in facilitating small group discussions as community members were able to voice individual values, ideal characteristics, and visions for their communities. Participants were also able to identify and prioritize restoration targets and activities or actions associated with those targets.