The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) will initiate a novel approach to improve water quality in Mississippi Sound. A public prize competition, the Beach Outfalls Challenge opens in January.
A beach outfall is a pipeline or tunnel that discharges municipal, industrial wastewater, or stormwater to local water bodies. MDEQ wants applicants to identify revolutionary new designs for stormwater outfalls in the three coastal counties. Design potential benefits for this challenge may address nutrient reduction, improvement to wildlife habitat, increased production within the natural food chain and reduced scouring and erosion along the beach.
The Challenge is funded by a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund. The goal is to enhance Mississippi’s ability to restore and maintain the ecological integrity of priority bays and estuaries by providing measurable improvements to water quality and reducing significant sources of degradation.
Winners of the Challenge will have their prototype design built and installed along the coast. A complete website and social media connections are available for those interested. Visit beachoutfallschallenge.org for complete information.