Pollution

Impact Monitoring Program

Be Green Keep Our Coast CleanThe Impact Monitoring Program, funded by the Coastal Impact Assistance Program (CIAP) serves to help protect Mississippi's coastal wetlands and waterways from marine debris. Marine debris is a worldwide problem that can have adverse effects on wildlife, water quality, navigation, tourism and human health.

Debris ends up in the marine environment from many sources including littering, improper disposal, loss of fishing gear, natural disasters as well as items accidently falling from offshore oil and gas platforms. It is estimated that 80% of marine debris enters the water from the land-based sources.

Project field personnel from the Impact Monitoring Program survey coastal Mississippi's waterways to map and whenever possible, remove marine debris as it is found. Georeferenced photographs are taken of each debris site and notes are made regarding the size, type and potential source of the debris. Information from sites that include potential toxic waste or hazardous materials is forwarded to the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. Derelict vessels are reported to the Derelict Vessel Removal Program of the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources.

Maps, photographs and all other information gathered during debris surveys is provided to volunteer coastal clean-up groups such as the Mississippi Coastal Clean-Up and Renew our Rivers.

More Information

United States Environmental Protection Agency

NOAA Marine Debris Program

How You Can Help in the Fight Against Marine Debris

Mississippi Coastal Cleanup

Renew Our Rivers