GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Dear Gov. Bryant. How about spending some of that BP money on improving water quality along the Mississippi Gulf Coast? That's the message a group called Restore Mississippi Sound is promoting.
The group is holding an informal meeting at the foot of the Ken Combs Pier in Gulfport at 4 p.m. today.
Among the water quality issues facing the Mississippi Sound are the storm drain pipes that dump into the water. Those drains carry not only runoff and rainfall, but also rain mixed with lawn chemicals, oil and gas from the streets and even pet waste.
The group also notes there have been nearly two dozen water bacteria advisories along the beach since the beginning of the year.
Restore Mississippi Sound will ask those attending the afternoon meeting to sign a letter they've drafted to the governor, a letter calling for BP money to be allocated for water quality improvement efforts.