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

Beach Outfalls Challenge Winners

Friday, June 30th, 2017

On June 28, MDEQ announced the three winners of the Beach Outfalls Challenge: Allen Engineering and Science, MMMM, and Sustainable Active Landscapes Team (SALT). MDEQ also recognized the top scoring high school team, The EnviroNeers of Madison Central High School of Madison, Mississippi, and the top scoring college team, Ian Hunter Land Arch, of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia.

 

Marc Wyatt (MDEQ) with Team AllenES: Melissa Pringle, Jeffrey Allen, Caleb Dana, and Scott Milroy

“The Beach Outfalls Challenge sparked truly innovative thinking among people who care deeply about the water quality of the Mississippi Sound,” said Gary Rikard, MDEQ Executive Director. “We’re thrilled with promising solutions presented by our finalists today and are looking forward to developing and testing them further.”

 

Marc Wyatt (MDEQ) with Team MMMM: David Perkes, Heidi Schattin, Tracy Wyman, Elizabeth Englebretson, and Nathan Foust

The Beach Outfalls Challenge kicked off in January, when teams initially registered to participate. After a review of design submissions, a panel of judges named 12 teams as Semi-Finalists in April. The public had an opportunity to vote on the solutions, which factored into the identification of the six Finalist teams. Each team prepared a presentation detailing its solution for judges to evaluate at the Beach Outfalls Challenge Showcase, held Wednesday, June 28, 2017, at the University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach. Winners were announced at the end of the event.

Marc Wyatt (MDEQ) with Team SALT: Allison Anderson, John Anderson, Jennifer Bolstad, Davin Wallace, and Judy Steckler

The Beach Outfalls Challenge kicked off in January, when teams initially registered to participate. After a review of design submissions, a panel of judges named 12 teams as Semi-Finalists in April. The public had an opportunity to vote on the solutions, which factored into the identification of the six Finalist teams. Each team prepared a presentation detailing its solution for judges to evaluate at the Beach Outfalls Challenge Showcase, held Wednesday, June 28, 2017, at the University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach. Winners were announced at the end of the event.

Marc Wyatt (MDEQ) with Emily Robinson, representing Team EnviroNeers of Madison Central

MDEQ will soon move to the next phase of this project which includes procuring engineers to fully develop these winning design ideas and building pilot-scale demonstrations to determine each design’s viability for improving water quality. To stay connected to the Beach Outfalls Challenge, visit us on Facebook!