Bayou Auguste connects to Biloxi’s Back Bay and extends west for one half mile into East Biloxi. The mouth of the bayou is currently constricted by a bridge and the banks are degradedfrom the dumping of broken concrete slabs. The project will remove the decommissioned bridge and road, dumped concrete slabs and invasive plant species. Reshaping of the banks to a natural slope and planting of native rushes, grasses and trees will restore the desired marsh habitat. The project will engage the community in educational and volunteer activities as part of an ongoing effort to restore Bayou Auguste. The community partners are the City of Biloxi, Biloxi Public Schools, the Land Trust for the Mississippi Coastal Plain, and the Biloxi Housing Authority.
Restoring the Mouth of Bayou Auguste
Latitude/Longitude of the project site
Both – City of Biloxi and private
Anticipated NOAA Trust Resource(s) to benefit from restoration
Resources to benefit from restoration: Plants – Black Needlerush (Juncus roemerianus),Cordgrasses (Spartina alternafolia, Spartina patens, Spartina cynosuroides), Bulrush (Scirpusolneyi), Pickerelweed (Pontederia cordata), Bulltongue Arrowhead (Sagittaria lancifolia), Fishes -Atlantic croaker (Micropogonias undulates), black drum (Pogonias cromis), hardhead catfish (Arius felis), pinfish (Lagodon rhomboids), red drum (Sciaenops ocellatus), sand seatrout (Cynoscion arenarius), sheepshead (Archosargus probatocephalus), southern flounder (Paralichthys lethostigma), spotted seatrout (Cynoscion nebulosus), striped mullet (Mugil cephalus), white mullet (Mugil curema).
Project Start Date: January 1, 2021
Project End Date: December 31, 2020
Mississippi State University
Gulf Coast Community Design Studio
425 Division Street
Biloxi, MS 39530