The Mississippi Trustee Implementation Group is planning restoration activities for the 2016-2017 planning years and would like your input regarding natural resource restoration opportunities in Mississippi. We are considering focusing on the following Restoration Types, which may have benefits to living coastal and marine resources:

  • restoration of Wetlands, Coastal and Nearshore Habitats,
  • restoration of water quality through Nutrient Reduction (Nonpoint source),
  • restoration of Birds, and
  • restoration of Oysters.

We would like to hear your project ideas for these proposed Restoration Types and encourage you to submit restoration project ideas to the Trustees or to the State of Mississippi. If you have submitted project ideas in the past, we will consider them relative to these specific Restoration Types and the process for project identification in the Trustees’ programmatic restoration plan.

Information on the Restoration Types we are considering for the 2016/2017 planning years, as well as the Oil Pollution Act criteria against which project ideas are being evaluated, can be found in the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: Final Programmatic Damage Assessment and Restoration Plan (PDARP) and Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) and in the overview of the PDARP/PEIS.

In issuing this notice, the Mississippi Trustee Implementation Group is providing the range of potential Restoration Types that may be considered for restoration planning for the 2016/2017 planning years. We are likely to use a subset of these Restoration Types for actual restoration planning during this time.

This notice is issued on behalf of the Mississippi Trustee Implementation Group, which consists of the following state and federal trustees: the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, the U.S. Department of the Interior, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

We look forward to considering your restoration project ideas.