Providing reliable electric service requires significant water resources, so Mississippi Power has a vested interest in using water wisely. We look for creative ways to conserve water and protect water bodies that serve us.
One example would be the partnership with the City of Meridian. The lowest cost and most environmentally-friendly option for supplying water to the Kemper County energy facility is the use of treated effluent water from Meridian. Mississippi Power signed a long-term contractual agreement with the city for the supply of cooling water at Kemper.
The use of Meridian treated effluent is a win-win. The city will receive an additional revenue stream from the sale of water and the project gets the most economical source of water.
The plant's design is a zero-discharge site, so none of the water used in the gasification process will be discharged into local streams and watersheds.
Not only do our processes meet or exceed regulations, we provide extra attention to the restoration and protection of natural wetlands and streamside buffers, which is critical to ensure clean water and stable shores that can sustain wildlife, habitats and communities.
As a result, the health and future of local waterways and wetlands is a top priority for Mississippi Power. Through our award-winning Renew Our Rivers program and the Five Star Restoration Program, we are helping to restore and protect rivers, wetlands and shorelines through partnerships with the community, employee volunteer efforts and investments in technology. These efforts reach from Okatibbee Creek, to the Chunky River, to the Leaf River, the Pascagoula, Biloxi Back Bay, and the Mississippi Sound.
Renew Our Rivers
Mississippi Power's award-winning Renew Our Rivers program is a grassroots effort that brings volunteers together to remove debris and litter from our rivers, bays, bayous and beaches. Every year, hundreds of employees and community volunteers help remove tons of trash from Mississippi waterways.
Five Star Restoration Program
To help promote conservation efforts, Mississippi Power participates in the Five Star Restoration Program, a partnership among Southern Company, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the National Association of Counties and the Wildlife Habitat Council. This partnership supports water resource stewardship through hands-on community involvement and education.
Through the Five Star Restoration program, we have supported many water restoration projects in southeast Mississippi involving different organizations, including government agencies, land trusts, schools and community groups. Some of the Mississippi projects include Bayou Auguste, Turkey Creek, Bennett Bayou, Crosby Arboretum, and the Henderson Point Blueway-Greenway Restoration Project.
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Mississippi Five Star grant recipients
Land Trust for the Mississippi Coastal Plain - Engage volunteers in land restoration and trail building activities on 190 acres to establish the Turkey Creek Greenway/Blueway in Gulfport, Miss. Students from North Gulfport Middle School will work with Land Trust staff to monitor water quality in Turkey Creek; launch sites for kayaks and canoes will be constructed; and signage will be installed to guide visitors. Partners include: Gulfport Seabees; Community Collaborative International; United Way/Alternative Spring Break; Harrison County Master Naturalists; Turkey Creek Community Initiatives; North Gulfport Community Land Trust; North Gulfport Middle School; and other individuals.
City of Pascagoula, Miss. - Restore two acres, including 400 linear feet of streambank stabilization. Low-Impact Development (LID) techniques will be installed (including bioretention areas to improve stormwater management) and showcase desirable management techniques for homeowners and developers. Additionally, an ecological education curriculum will be developed for students and the area's growing eco-tourism industry. Partners include: Land Trust for the Mississippi Coastal Plain; The Nature Conservancy; Mississippi Coastal Cleanup; Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College; and Mississippi Department of Marine Resources.
Invasives Eradication on Wet Pine Savanna Habitat
Recipient: Southeastern Wildlife Conservation Group
To remove invasive and unwanted species from 80 acres of savanna. Less than 5 percent of the original acreage of wet pine savanna habitat remain in the Atlantic/Gulf Coastal Plain, making it one of the most endangered habitats in the country. The project also will provide educational experiences for visitors to the Grand Bay Coastal Resources Center, the headquarters for the Grand Bay National Wildlife Refuge and the Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. Additional partners include the Mississippi State University Master Naturalist Program, the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources/Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Grand Bay and Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuges, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Coastal Program, Heritage Trails Partnership, the Land Trust for the Mississippi Coastal Plain, Mississippi Wildlife Federation, AmeriCorps and K-12 students and teachers from area schools.
Restoration of Henderson Point Greenway/Blueway
Recipient: Land Trust for the Mississippi Coastal Plain
To restore at least 5.9 acres of coastal wetland and upland forest to a pristine natural environment and improve accessibility in the Henderson Point area for low-impact recreation, where native vegetation was destroyed and invasives prevailed following Hurricane Katrina. The project will employ 77 volunteers to remove debris and invasive species, plant 250 native trees, construct a quarter-mile trail and install benches and a bicycle rack. Students will monitor the land for one year after the work is complete. Additional partners include the United Way of South Mississippi Day of Caring, Keesler Air Force Base, Habitat Stewards, Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, United Way Alternative Spring Break, Boy Scout Troop 316, Pass Christian High School and Harrison County Master Naturalists/Master Gardeners.
Bayou Auguste Restoration
Recipient: Mississippi State University
To enhance nearly one-half acre of tidal marsh habitat along Bayou Auguste in the Hope VI neighborhood of East Biloxi, Miss. Residents and public agencies have identified restoring bayous as important for ecological, economic, social and environmental health. An existing partnership will undertake restoration and outreach work with the following goals: improve habitat and water quality; enhance visual appeal; and increase citizen stewardship through education and outreach activities. Additional partners include the Gulf Coast Community Design Studio, the City of Biloxi, the Biloxi Housing Authority, Biloxi Public School District, the Land Trust for the Mississippi Coastal Plain and Moore Community House.
Crosby Arboretum Swamp Forest Educational Exhibit
Recipient: The Crosby Arboretum Foundation
To restore 4.1 acres of a Small Stream Swamp Forest wetland in Picayune, Miss., for use as an exhibit and outdoor classroom to educate students and the public on the conservation needs and ecological values of this regional habitat type. Activities for this two-year project include providing public access to the exhibit and compatible recreational activities; conducting research and monitoring; propagating and planting species of concern; improving wildlife habitat; providing a primary filter to improve water quality and storage of off-site storm water; and supplying public education through interpretive trails, signage and guided tours. Partners include The Crosby Arboretum Foundation, Mississippi State University Extension Service, Crosby Arboretum, Mississippi State University Department of Landscape Architecture, Mississippi State University Department of Geosciences, Louisiana State University Department of Landscape Architecture, Mississippi Native Plant Society, Jones and Jones Landscape Architects of Seattle, Mississippi Master Gardeners, Mississippi 4-H Club and the Natural Resource Conservation Service.
Old Fort Bayou Connection
Recipient: Land Trust for the Coastal Mississippi Plain
To restore 11.17 acres of coastal wetland and upland forest identified as the Hussey property on Old Fort Bayou in Ocean Springs, Miss. Project activities include cleaning the property of trash and debris; removing invasive species; replanting native species and building a half-mile foot path along an existing road bed. Partners include Land Trust for the Mississippi Coastal Plain, Boy Scout Troop 211, Hands On Mississippi, Mississippi Department of Marine Resources, Gulf Coast Heritage Trails Partnership and Coastal Preserves/Mississippi Department of Marine Resources.
The Bayou by You
Recipient: Mississippi State University
To enhance 7.5 acres of partially-filled and culverted wetlands of Bayou Auguste in the urban neighborhood of East Biloxi, Mississippi. Residents and public agencies have identified restoring urban bayous as important for flood protection and ecological health. The partnership will coordinate debris and invasive species removal, marsh grass propagation and planting, and stream bank reshaping to improve the Bayou's water quality and retention capacity, habitat function, biodiversity, and visual appeal. Mississippi State will work with the following organizations to implement this project: the Land Trust for the Mississippi Coastal Plain, Biloxi Housing Authority, Biloxi Public Schools, and the City of Biloxi.
Cumbest Bluff Restoration Project
Recipient: Mississippi Fish and Wildlife Foundation
To implement the Cumbest Bluff Restoration Project, a 200 acre tract of hardwoods, bogs, and cypress swamp located just east of the lower Pascagoula River in Jackson County, Mississippi. This gifted property will allow the Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks Foundation through its partnership alliances to restore and monitor the area's unique ecological balance and allow the educational community complete access for study. Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks Foundation, Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, Mississippi State University, Mississippi Power Company, Deviney Construction, and D&C Limited Investments, LLC will work with the Mississippi Fish and Wildlife Foundation to carry out this project.