An Army Corps of Engineers' report is recommending a $1.2 billion coastal restoration plan for Mississippi.
William Walker, director of the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources, says this is a significant step in post-Hurricane Katrina efforts to restore barrier islands and do other coastal projects.
So far, Congress has approved $439 million for the program, but Walker is hopeful that additional federal appropriations will follow to finish the work.
He said key areas of focus under the plan are preserving fish and wildlife and addressing ways to reduce hurricane and storm damage, salt water intrusion and shoreline erosion.
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or firstname.lastname@example.org.