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

A Snapshot of the Beach Outfalls Challenge Teams

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

Registration for the Beach Outfalls Challenge closed on Friday, March 31, and 28 teams registered to participate in the Challenge. The teams represent a variety of states, cities, schools, professionals, and individuals. To learn more about the Beach Outfalls Challenge teams, visit the TEAMS page of our website.

 5 States

The Beach Outfalls Challenge is proud to have teams representing 5 different states. We have 22 teams from Mississippi, 1 from Arizona, 2 from Louisiana, 2 from Virginia, and 1 from New York. In Mississippi, the teams represent the following cities: Hattiesburg, Jackson, Bay Saint Louis, Diamondhead, Pass Christian, Long Beach, Gulfport, Waveland, Ocean Springs, Carriere, Biloxi, and Madison.

10 High School Teams

There are 10 high school teams competing in the Challenge. These 10 teams represent three high schools in Mississippi: Madison Central High School, Our Lady Academy, and St. Stanislaus College.

2 College Teams

A group of post-graduate engineering students from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (also known as Virginia Tech) have registered to compete in the Beach Outfalls Challenge. We also have a team with an undergraduate student from the University of Southern Mississippi that will be participating.

What is next for the Beach Outfalls Challenge?

The Beach Outfalls Challenge Teams must submit their design submissions by Friday, April 14. On May 1, 2017, the semifinalists will be announced and will be required to submit a video that explains how their solution will improve water quality along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. On May 19, the semifinalist’s videos will be published to the Beach Outfalls Challenge website where the public can vote for their favorite solution.

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