Least terns on the beach in Mississippi
Least Terns on Petit Bois Island Credit: Becky Stowe with The Nature Conservancy

Restoration work in the Mississippi Restoration Area focuses on living and coastal marine resources such as sea turtles, marine mammals, birds, and oysters. We are also restoring and conserving wetlands, coastal, and nearshore habitats. Restoration work also includes nonpoint source nutrient reduction to watersheds as well as partnerships to conserve habitats on federal lands. Additionally, there are opportunities to enhance recreational uses.

Together, we are restoring natural resources—and the services they provide—that were injured by the spill. As part of the restoration planning process, we accept restoration project ideas from the public. We are developing restoration plans that are consistent with the programmatic restoration plan (see chart below). The public also has the opportunity to review and comment on any proposed restoration plans for the Mississippi Restoration Area. Once a plan is approved, we will implement and monitor the selected projects.