Water Quality Improvement Plans for Diamondhead

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Since 2012, the Land Trust for the Mississippi Coastal Plain and Mississippi State University’s Gulf Coast Community Design Studio have been working on a plan to improve water quality for Rotten Bayou watershed in Hancock and Harrison County. Today, they unveiled four new ‘best management practices’ at Diamondhead’s Cardinal Golf Course that will help them reach that goal. Elizabeth Englebretzen, with Gulf Coast Community Design Studio, said, “Best management practices are intended to lower maintenance, so we’re not using as many petroleum products, and also to lower the amount of spraying to be done on the golf course to help improve the quality of water.”
All of this was made possible with the help of volunteers and a grant from the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality.
“By cleansing the water and slowing it down, allowing it to penetrate into the soil, then we’re protecting our water table and clean drinking water for generations to come,” said Judy Steckler, executive director at the Land Trust for the Mississippi Coastal Plain.
This is something residents like Scott Thomas are excited about. “I’m excited that the projects we see today, they all fit onto a larger framework that going forward when we’re asking for money like the BP settlement money or tidelands grants and things like that, now we can say, okay this is the part of our plan.”
Land Trust leaders tell News 25 they hope to implement more of these ‘best management practices’ in the future.

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