Coastians will get a chance next week to voice their opinions on how the Mississippi’s Gulf waters and coast can be improved.
The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality invites residents to take part in an upcoming Community Conversations series, which will focus on restoration priorities and opportunities.
Meetings will be at 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Bay St. Louis Community Center; 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Fontainebleau Community Center in Ocean Springs; and 5 to 6 p.m. Aug. 23 at the Handsboro Community Center in Gulfport.
Thanks to the Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation will receive $356 million over the next five years to fund projects that benefit Mississippi’s Gulf waters and coast.
“The Community Conversations will provide a forum for exchange between you and local, state and federal leaders to discuss shared values, priorities and opportunities for future restoration,” a release said. “They will provide an opportunity to learn about the decision-making process. A workshop setting will be used to discuss community values for restoration among neighbors and local leaders.”