Vol. 15 Issue 7 September 2018
Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality Newsletter
RESTORE Project Boosting Career Development
One of the successful restoration projects underway is the Mississippi Gulf Coast Work-Ready Community Credential (GCWR) training project. The Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (MGCCC) was awarded a RESTORE Act grant from MDEQ for the development and implementation of the GCWR training. At no cost, students enroll in a basic skills training class leading to industry-specific credit courses or potential employment/internship opportunities. “Bucket 1” funding through the RESTORE Act includes provision for projects that enhance workforce development and job creation.
Mississippi Restoration Summit
November 13, 2018
Join enHance!
The enHance program is seeking its next class of environmental leaders in the state, and interested manufacturers, local governments, and other organizations are encouraged to apply. 
The application period began July 1 and closes September 30. More information about the program, including how to apply and access to online applications, is available at www.enhance.ms . In addition, questions about the program may be directed to Mr. Khairy Abu-Salah at 601-961-5284.
Staff Changes
Diane Schober
Diane is the manager of the Municipal Branch in the Enforcement and Compliance Division. She replaces Les Herrington who recently moved to the Mississippi State Department of Health.   Learn more
Thomas Wallace
Thomas was recently appointed as the manager of the GARD 1 Branch in the Groundwater Assessment and Remediation Division (GARD).   Learn more
enHance and MMA Workshop
An Enhancing Sustainability in the Food and Beverage Industry workshop will be held at MDEQ on September 28. Learn more
Recycling Directory Now Available on MDEQ Website
MDEQ's Waste Division’s Recycling and Waste Reduction Program staff has updated and enhanced the State Recycling Directory on the MDEQ website to provide information to Mississippi residents seeking recycling opportunities and services in their area.  
Mississippi Coastal Cleanup October 20
MDEQ is a proud sponsor of the Mississippi Coastal Cleanup which will be held October 20. Visit mscoastalcleanup.org to find out how to volunteer, become a sponsor, or more about cleaning up the Coast.   
Mississippi and The Meg
David T. Dockery III, RPG
In the September 1997 issue of the MDEQ Office of Geology’s journal Mississippi Geology , I reviewed two novels published just months apart on an extinct giant shark reappearing in modern waters to scar us all. The article was entitled “The Science of Extinct and Meg : two books, two southern writers, one idea.” Charles Wilson of Brandon, Mississippi, and Steve Alten of southern Florida published successful novels about the Miocene-Pleistocene shark species Carcharodon megalodon rising from deep ocean trenches and devouring people.   Learn More
Public Webinar - FPL 3 - A Look Ahead
The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council (RESTORE Council) is beginning the process to develop the next Funded Priorities List (FPL), targeted to be finalized in mid-2020. The FPL is a vehicle through which funds from the Council-Selected Restoration Component, commonly referred to as “Bucket 2”, are approved for specific ecosystem restoration activities in the Gulf Coast region. The RESTORE Council is hosting two public webinars to provide Gulf stakeholders with an overview of the path forward to the next Funded Priorities List. Register Here