AboutBackground 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.