Diamondhead MS BMP Demonstration Site, Outreach Tools and Model Ordinance

Author(s): Gallo, W.

Researchers at Mississippi State University along with the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) have developed new BMP demonstrations, educational outreach material and policy tools for coastal Mississippi. A proposal for a BMP demonstration site was developed that promotes resilient community design and development in Diamondhead, MS. The demonstration site is designed to accommodate future commercial development, protect watershed health, and demonstrate small and large scale structural BMPs from infiltration basins to regional detention. Two presentations and two brochures were also developed that focus on homeowners and policy makers. Both sets of documents are designed to provide a broad overview of the tools, policies and practices homeowners and policy makers can adapt to better protect their a home watershed and a community watershed. All documents will be available for use from the MDEQ to meet NPDES Phase II education and outreach requirements. Lastly, a new model ordinance was created based on a review of other model ordinances throughout the country and adapted for the specific needs of coastal Mississippi. The ordinance is designed to be flexible and adaptable to any community’s requirements by providing options and insights into the choices available throughout the document. This document will also be available for municipalities use from the MDEQ.

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