Keesler AFB and Mississippi State team up for Coastal Resilience Project

A major project for the Back Bay shoreline will begin next month!

A national Coastal Resilience Fund Project has been awarded to Keesler Air Force Base in partnership with Mississippi State University.

This project is one of seven national Coastal Resilience grants receiving a huge amount of funding.

The purpose of this $6.48 million grant is to combat coastal erosion that is estimated at one foot per year and to protect against the effects of sea level rise and storm surge.

Once the project is complete, it has the potential to be the second longest and second largest living shoreline along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Commander 81st Civil Engineer Squadron Lt. Col. Nicholas Thomas said, “What we’re attempting to do is stabilize upwards of two-and-a-half miles along the Back Bay shoreline. It’s going to begin at Keesler Air Force Base. It’ll run past the veteran’s administration medical campus, and then finally, finish up somewhere in the City of Biloxi’s Hiller Park area.”

The project will begin January 1st in 2023 and aims to finish by December 2026.

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