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BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. -- The Mississippi Department of
Environmental Quality is wrapping up a series of public meetings in
Bay St. Louis on its proposal to rebuild water-related facilities
along the Gulf Coast.
The $500 million Gulf Region Water and Wastewater Plan addresses
water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure projects on the Gulf
Coast since Hurricane Katrina.
The money comes from the $5 billion the state received for Katrina
The plan involves building centralized treatment facilities,
groundwater supply wells, storage tanks and water transmission lines
in six coastal counties where growth is expected. The idea is to
provide infrastructure for long-term growth and recovery.
The state, which started the process in April, contracted with the
Mississippi Engineering Group Inc. and has been consulting with
various people to identify the needs in Hancock, Harrison, George,
Jackson, Pearl River and Stone counties.
"I think that this infrastructure will help spur housing in areas
where people are relocating because they'll have access to water and
wastewater systems," said Steve Spengler, a MDEQ project manager who
is overseeing the plan.
Some of the plan may involve crossing local jurisdictional lines,
serving unincorporated areas of a county as well as benefiting local
"There are areas down there that do not have centralized
wastewater treatment systems, although they may have access to their
own individual private drinking water wells or septic tank systems on
site," Spengler said.
Spengler says most of the projects can be completed in two to five
years once they are approved.
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