Mississippi Restoration Area

Least terns on the beach in Mississippi

Least Terns on Petit Bois Island Credit: Becky Stowe with The Nature Conservancy

Restoration work in the Mississippi Restoration Area focuses on living and coastal marine resources such as sea turtles, marine mammals, birds, and oysters. We are also restoring and conserving wetlands, coastal, and nearshore habitats. Restoration work also includes nonpoint source nutrient reduction to watersheds as well as partnerships to conserve habitats on federal lands. Additionally, there are opportunities to enhance recreational uses.

Together, we are restoring natural resources—and the services they provide—that were injured by the spill. As part of the restoration planning process, we accept restoration project ideas from the public. We are developing restoration plans that are consistent with the programmatic restoration plan (see chart below). The public also has the opportunity to review and comment on any proposed restoration plans for the Mississippi Restoration Area. Once a plan is approved, we will implement and monitor the selected projects.

Restoration Plans

Mississippi Grand Bay Supplemental Restoration Plan
Mississippi Restoration Plan 1
Mississippi Restoration Plan 2
Mississippi Restoration Plan 3
Mississippi Restoration Plan 4

Recent News

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People at a table learn about Mississippi restoration activities at an Annual Meeting.

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Sunset over a forested Mississippi coastal waterway.

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Sun rises behind a line of trees along Bayou Cumbest in Mississippi.

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People look on as an education/outreach expert discusses oysters and water quality.

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On a Mississippi Gulf Coast beach looking out to the water with a pier.

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Aerial view of living shorelines in Mississippi

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A flock of colorful royal terns congregating in grassy dune habitat on a barrier island in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Anglers fishing on kayaks in Texas, near Port Aransas. Copyright Texas Parks and Wildlife

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Aerial view of a river meandering into an estuary and bay in Mississippi. Credit: USFWS

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A school of Horse-eye jacks in Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Sunset over dunes and marsh in Destin Florida, a dolphin dorsal fin breaches the water in the foreground.

In 2019, the Deepwater Horizon Trustees continued

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Yellow carnivorous pitcher plants cover the landscape with trees in the background, at Grand Bay National WIldlife Refuge.

Following a 30 day public comment and review

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Water channeling into Grand Bay, Mississippi from a marsh area surrounded by trees. Photo: © Tom Carlisle

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Tall grasses and trees in a marsh landscape in Mississippi.

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The sun is rising in Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.

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A diver operates a camera in a coral nursery.

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Mississippi Deepwater Horizon Trustee Implementation Group Annual Meeting

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Projects

Projects led by the trustees for the Mississippi Restoration Area are below. Use the filters below to search for specific projects. Learn more about individual projects below or view them in our interactive map. You can also learn about the environmental compliance for each of these projects

Planning

Planning led by the trustees for the Mississippi Restoration Area are below. Use the filters below to search for specific planning efforts.
Mississippi Allocation of Restoration Funds

The chart shows the restoration funding allocated to the Mississippi Restoration Area for each restoration goal and the percentage of committed funds as of May 2023. For more information on the allocation of funds, please visit the Department of Justice Deepwater Horizon page. 

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Monitoring and Adaptive Management

The Mississippi Restoration Area considers monitoring and adaptive management throughout their restoration efforts.

To find project-related monitoring and adaptive management information, click on the project names above or in the interactive project map. 

Trustee Implementation Group

The trustees for the Mississippi Restoration Area are:

Contact: mississippiTIG@mdeq.ms.gov