Corps recommends MS coastal restoration plan

PASCAGOULA, MS (AP) - An Army Corps of Engineers' report is recommending a $1.2 billion coastal restoration plan for Mississippi.

William Walker, director of the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources, says this is a significant step in post-Hurricane Katrina efforts to restore barrier islands and do other coastal projects.

So far, Congress has approved $439 million for the program, but Walker is hopeful that additional federal appropriations will follow to finish the work. He said key areas of focus under the plan are preserving fish and wildlife and addressing ways to reduce hurricane and storm damage, salt water intrusion and shoreline erosion.

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