Gulf Guardian Award Winners 2007
Government Category - 3rd Place
|Company:||Mississippi Gulf Region Water and Wastewater Plan||
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|Project Name:||Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality|
The Mississippi Gulf Region Water and Wastewater Plan represents a collaborative effort between Mississippi’s public and private sectors to respond in an extraordinary way to the devastation of the worst natural disaster in the history of the United States. Hurricane Katrina destroyed or heavily damaged tens of thousands of homes, businesses, and government buildings, as well as public utility infrastructure. To provide a deliberative and systematic means of allocating federal disaster recovery grants, Governor Haley Barbour directed that a plan be prepared to identify and prioritize the most critical water, wastewater, and storm water infrastructure needs within the Gulf Region. The infrastructure enhancements are intended to support existing and future growth patterns, particularly as realized through new housing construction, and to promote economic development. In support of its objective, the Plan focuses on the Gulf Region as a whole more than on individual units of government and encourages centralization and consolidation of infrastructure where practicable, provides for infrastructure in areas of current and projected development, and supports location of facilities in areas that are less vulnerable to hurricane impacts.