HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Near the mouth of the East Pearl River, giant barges laden with stone are parked in a construction staging area. Soon, those various size rocks will be deployed to create a breakwater along the shoreline between the river and Heron Bay.
It is the backbone of a $50 million project funded by BP early restoration money. That project site was chosen because it's the fastest eroding coast and marshland in Mississippi.
Tonight on WLOX News Now at 6 p.m., Steve Phillips has an exclusive close-up look at the project and explains how it will benefit the environment, along with the fishing and seafood industries.
Along with building nearly six miles of living shoreline, the project involves creating 46 acres of marsh and 46 acres of sub tidal oyster reefs.
Construction on the project began just three weeks ago following months of planning and design.