for the Gulf Region Water and Wastewater Plan
Contact: Ray Eaton
Contact: Jim Hust
MDEQ Coast Grants Chief MSEG
Region Water and Wastewater Plan is an overall plan to identify water,
wastewater, and storm water infrastructure needs in the six Gulf Region
counties of Hancock, Harrison, George, Jackson, Pearl River and Stone. The
purpose of the Plan is to provide infrastructure for long-term growth and
recovery in these counties.
Congress has appropriated
approximately $5.05 billion through HUD to the state of Mississippi to aid
in the long-term recovery of the State from Hurricane Katrina.
Governor Haley Barbour has decided to utilize a portion of these monies to
fund water, wastewater, and storm water infrastructure projects.
Priority projects identified in the Plan will be eligible for these funds.
As directed by the Governor,
the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality is in charge of
developing the Plan, which will provide storm-proofing solutions for the
region’s water, wastewater and storm water systems.
The Plan will make recommendations for
infrastructure systems in areas that are particularly vulnerable to storms,
and include cost estimates for these proposed projects.
The Plan will
reflect projections on growth patterns that are expected to occur over the
next five years, ten years and twenty–five years. These projections will
help to identify areas where infrastructure needs could exist.
planning process MDEQ is requesting the participation and input from local
officials. After all proposals have been carefully studied, the Plan will
prioritize the needs of the region as a whole. A regional approach can
better protect the infrastructure from storm events, provide a higher level
of public safety, and support economic development that will be beneficial
for the entire area. Projected completion time is October 2006, and construction
will follow after the Plan is finalized.
The MDEQ has engaged an
engineering firm, the Mississippi Engineering Group, Inc. (MSEG), to assist
in the development of the Plan. The MSEG includes the following professional
questions regarding the Plan, please contact Mr. Ray Eaton, MDEQ
project manager, at 601.961.5114, Email him at
firstname.lastname@example.org. Or, contact, Mr. Jim Hust, MSEG project
director, at 601.355.3518, email him at
To view county map click on link:
To View a PowerPoint program about the Gulf
Region Plan click HERE.