News - Healthy Coastal Ecosystems

Workshop to train volunteers to report invasives

An invasive species workshop will be conducted on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, at the Mississippi State University Coastal Research and Extension Center, 1815 Popps Ferry Road, Biloxi, Miss, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. During the workshop, participants will...

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By: Melissa Schneider / Published: Jan 22, 2014

Study assesses values of headwater wetlands

Storm drains, such as this one in Bay Minette, Ala., keep the church parking lot dry but send water much too quickly into the wetland, overwhelming its natural filtration process.

Anderson checks the level, speed and volume of the water running into the Bay Minette site. The cloudy, fast-moving water and high, dry banks are both signs that the wetland’s filtering system may be compromised.A healthy headwater wetland acts like a sponge, taking in water from surrounding land and holding it while it filters out nutrients and other impurities before eventually releasing cleaner water downstream. 

In a Mississippi-Alabama Sea...

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By: Melissa Schneider / Published: Dec 05, 2013

What’s in the stormwater, and where is it going?

In order to help city managers and planners understand how various types of development impact coastal pollution, University of Southern Mississippi’s (USM) Kevin Dillon is collecting runoff directly from stormwater ditches and pipes from various...

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By: Melissa Schneider / Published: Sep 13, 2013

Volunteers needed for Deer Island restoration project

An ongoing Deer Island restoration project is in need of volunteers to help build 8,000 wire bags, fill them with oyster shells and deploy them along the island's shoreline. Volunteers also are needed to place logs made of coconut fiber along the...

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By: Melissa Schneider / Published: Feb 26, 2013

Residents can make rain barrels at Spanish Fort workshop

Mobile, Ala.) - Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant, in partnership with the Coastal Alabama Clean Water Partnership and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, will hold a rain barrel workshop from 10 a.m.-noon on Saturday, Sept. 29, at Spanish Fort...

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By: Melissa Schneider / Published: Sep 13, 2012