MS Using $30M For 4 Coastal Restoration Projects

JACKSON, MS (AP) — Mississippi is receiving almost $30 million from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation for four coastal restoration projects.

         Gov. Phil Bryant announced the projects Tuesday for areas affected by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill.

         Nearly $11.8 million will go toward studies of how to make oyster populations more resilient and productive.

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         About $9.9 million will be used to enhance habitat on federal coastal lands, including restoration of more than 30,000 acres through invasive species removal, forest thinning and prescribed burns.

         About $7.5 million will go toward conserving habitat and enhancing water quality in the 30,000-acre Turkey Creek watershed in Harrison County.

         And, $544,600 will be used for a contest to try to improve pipes that drain untreated storm water into the Mississippi Sound.

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