The Beach Outfalls Challenge is a public prize competition sponsored by the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ). MORE


Background on the Beach Outfalls Challenge

The Beach Outfalls Challenge is a public prize challenge sponsored by the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ). The Beach Outfalls Challenge is funded through a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund (NFWF GEBF). The goal of the Beach Outfalls Challenge is to enhance Mississippi’s ability to restore and maintain ecological integrity of priority bays and estuaries by providing measurable improvements to water quality and reducing significant sources of degradation.

A successful Beach Outfalls Challenge could help improve water quality and benefit the ecology of the Mississippi Sound, as well as remedy harm to natural resources harmed by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Nutrient reduction, improvement to wildlife habitat, especially for oysters, increased production within the natural food chain, and reduced scouring and erosion along the beach are some of the benefits that Mississippi hopes to reap from the Beach Outfalls Challenge.

Why participate?

The Beach Outfalls Challenge seeks to improve the water quality in the Mississippi Sound by identifying revolutionary new designs for outfalls that can decrease the levels of nitrogen, phosphorus and ammonia in storm water before it is released into the Gulf of Mexico.

Winners of the Beach Outfalls Challenge will have a prototype of their design built and installed along the coast. If these prototypes prove successful, winners may have an opportunity to contract with the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) for wider implementation.


Through the Beach Outfalls Challenge, MDEQ hopes to have competitors come up with practical, implementable eco-restoration solutions for water resource improvement.  These Rules and Technical Specifications will guide you as you prepare your Design Submission.  Please be sure to read this document carefully before submitting your design idea.

Download a copy of the rules here:

MDEQ Beach Outfalls Challenge Rules and Technical Specifications

Additional documents:

If you have any questions regarding these requirements, please contact us at [email protected].


 March 31

Registration closes. All Design Submissions are due from all approved Registered Competitors by 5:00 PM CST.

April 14

Design Submissions due.

April 15 – 19

Design submissions reviewed by MDEQ.

April 20 – 29

Design submissions reviewed by judges.

May 1

Semifinalists announced.

May 16

Video submissions due for public voting.

May 19 – June 8

Public voting period.

Early June

Announcement of semifinalists.

Late June

Beach Outfalls Challenge Showcase.