MDEQ Issues Advisory for Station 9 in Gulfport


(JACKSON, Miss.) – The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), through its Beach Monitoring Program, issued a water contact advisory Wednesday for Station 9 (Gulfport Harbor Beach). An advisory is issued for:

USGS to Collect Data Using Helicopter in Mississippi Delta


(JACKSON, Miss.) -- Starting in late February and running through early March 2018, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) will use a specialized instrument towed beneath a low-flying helicopter to collect data about the Mississippi River Valley Alluvial Aquifer in an area just north of Greenwood. The instrument is contained in a 30-foot long torpedo-shaped tube that will be suspended 100 feet below the helicopter, which will fly at an altitude of 200 feet. The data collected will allow scientists to better understand the properties of geologic layers beneath the land surface. Details of this data collection project are explained further in the attached USGS fact sheet. Additional information can be found at the following website: https://www2.usgs.gov/water/lowermississippigulf/map/geophysics.html.

Gov. Bryant Designates MDEQ to Administer VW Trust Funds State to Receive $9.8 Million


(JACKSON, Miss.) – Gov. Phil Bryant has designated the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) to administer the state’s portion of the funds resulting from the Volkswagen Diesel Settlement. The state has been allocated $9,874,414 out of the $2.7 billion Environmental Mitigation Trust to implement air emissions reduction projects.  Each of the states involved in the litigation will receive settlements based on the number of offending vehicles registered in that state. VW established the Mitigation Trust Fund, in part, to settle claims under the Clean Air Act that it sold vehicles with “defeat devices” designed to cheat emissions tests for its diesel vehicles.