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Sustainable Active Landscapes Team

Bay Saint Louis, MS


Date Accepted

March 17, 2017

Team Info

Allison Anderson

Bay Saint Louis, MS

Team Quote

The Mississippi coast is under threat. Human settlements, offshore extraction, and accelerating climate change has caused an increase in human exposure to the dangers of hurricanes, toxic releases, and bacteria. In the marine environment, nurseries for shellfish and finfish are vulnerable to contamination from sediment, pollutants, and pathogens in the runoff from urban neighbors. The result is degraded water quality with an increase in beach closures and disease, and a reduction in the quantity and quality of seafood resources.  These disadvantages affect residents and visitors who wish to enjoy the recreational and economic benefits of the coastal landscape.
Our project will have a measurable, positive impact on water quality at Beach Monitoring Station #4: Bay St Louis Beach. This area has a high number of visitors who park at the Washington St Pier, as well as people who use the beach path to bike, walk, or jog. A Beach Advisory (e.coli >104cfu/100mL) inhibits recreational use of the beach, discourages seafood consumption, and deters tourism and property investment.  Our goal is to reduce the number of beach advisories per year to zero.

Team Bios

Allison Anderson FAIA, LEED-AP is a leader in sustainable architecture and urban design. unabridged Architecture specializes in adaptation to climate challenges: sea level rise and severe storms.
Walter Meyer ASLA and Jennifer Bolstad ASLA of Local Office Landscape and Urban Design specialize in designing coastal landscape infrastructure at all scales. Parque del Litoral in Mayaguez, PR has multi-year metrics for improving stormwater quality and protecting the urban upland from coastal surge.
Bryon Griffith, consultant to Dewberry, contributes 38 years of expertise in water resources, ecosystem recovery and protection.
Judy Steckler of the Land Trust for the Mississippi Coastal Plain directs land conservation and restoration efforts. LTMCP was a partner in planting the dunes at Rodenberg Ave in Biloxi.
Rear Admiral Kenneth E. Barbor, USN (ret), Director of the Hydrographic Science Research Center at the University of Southern Mississippi, leads emerging technologies in hydrographic data collection, habitat mapping and CZM.
Coastal geologist Dr. Davin Wallace is an assistant professor in the Division of Marine Science at USM. He studies coastal response to climate change, long-term hurricane reconstruction, and coastal geology.
Dr David Williams, PE, PH, is recognized in the field of hydrology and hydraulics, with 18 years of experience with USACE at the Waterways Experiment Station in Vicksburg before joining Dewberry as a subject matter expert.

Additional Information


Team Presentation

Sustainable Active Landscapes Team – Beach Presentation

Semi-finalist Video

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