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The people of the Mississippi Gulf Coast enjoy the region’s waters for recreation, as well as employment. Tourists come to the coast to enjoy the beaches, barrier islands, fishing and eco-tourism activities. A key challenge is public perception of water quality, with many visitors not understanding the brown water is a sign of health rather than pollution.

By increasing access to the region’s blueways, expanding education around water quality, and effectively managing stormwater, the region can improve the water quality and support enhanced appreciation for the region’s waters.  These strategies will make a more resilient economy, promote equitable infrastructure, and conserve the coastal environment for future generations.

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Water Quality Documents

Mississippi Gulf Coast Water Assessment (6MB)
Mississippi Gulf Coast Water Stakeholder Analysis (2 MB)
Tides of Change: A New Wave of Sustainability (2 MB)

Water FactSheet

Staff Contact

Jennifer Cowley
Ohio State University