Dredging project at VT Halter Marine benefits Round Island

PASCAGOULA — About 200 acres of coastline and marshes are lost each year in Mississippi, but a joint project will fight this loss by nearly quadrupling the size of Round Island just off the coast of Pascagoula.

The Sun Herald reports VT Halter Marine is expanding the company by adding a floating dock, which requires dredging. The excess material from the dredging will then be used to add 70 acres of land to the north side of Round Island that has now decreased to a total of 25 acres due to erosion.

The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources is overseeing the project as part of the state’s Beneficial Use Program, which restores wetlands lost due to erosion.

 

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