The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality has awarded two grants to Harrison and Jackson Counties to help with waste management efforts.
Jackson County was awarded a solid waste assistance grant for $111,000.
This grant will be used by the county for a solid waste enforcement officer, a household hazardous waste collection program, and for illegal dumpsite cleanup.
Over in Harrison County, their grant is a little more specific. Their utility authority will be receiving $51,000 for a two year waste tire grant. This will help the county with the local tire collection program for small quantity generators of waste tires.
Funding for waste tire grants is provided by a “Waste Tire Account” funded from a fee charged on the wholesale sale of every new motor vehicle tire sold in Mississippi.
This Thursday from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. the Mississippi Maritime Museum will be holding their fall social. This social allows for members to get a ‘jump start’ on the next year’s membership dues and allow those considering membership to join in fellowship, learn about their mission, and tour the facility.
This year they have included a silent auction, with over 30 pieces of art, jewelry and pottery that has been donated by coast artists and sculptors. A short program on the museum’s current status and this year’s accomplishments will also be presented.
Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann will be presented a sizeable Tidelands Turnback check today.
Hosemann will be presenting a multi-million dollar check to the Department of Marine Resources at 11 a.m.
The Tidelands Turnback Trust Fund devotes this money strictly to the coast, with half of it going to the Department of Marine Resources. DMR received $10 million from this just last year.
They will be holding a press conference and the check presentation today at the Secretary of State’s office in Gulfport.