The Mississippi Department of of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) has chosen Dewberry to be a part of its team that will provide master planning service as they sustainably create and restore marsh habitat in the coastal Mississippi area. The other member of the team, led by Brown, Mitchell & Alexander are South Cost Engineers and BMI Environmental Services.
The habitat that will be restored is within the St. Louis Bay, Back Bay Biloxi, and Escatawpa/Pascagoula systems—they will be restored using dredge material. For the project, Dewberry will create a database that strategically identifies sites and materials that can restore and create marsh habitat:
This GIS-based framework will showcase marsh creation sites, geographic characteristics, shoreline retreat rates, and historical dredging activity information. The framework will mimic natural shoreline behaviors and response and provide MDEQ with the data necessary to make targeted restoration plans. Dewberry will also help formalize the criteria and guidelines for dredged material acquisition and marsh site selection.