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How is Mississippi spending oil spill money? Learn about some of the projects at summit

This Saturday, Sept. 4, 2010 file photo shows vessels assisting in the drilling of the Deepwater Horizon relief well on the Gulf of Mexico near the coast of Louisiana at sunset. The BP leak was the worst-ever in offshore U.S. waters and Mississippi and other states are using Restore Act funds to restore the Gulf.
This Saturday, Sept. 4, 2010 file photo shows vessels assisting in the drilling of the Deepwater Horizon relief well on the Gulf of Mexico near the coast of Louisiana at sunset. The BP leak was the worst-ever in offshore U.S. waters and Mississippi and other states are using Restore Act funds to restore the Gulf. AP file

The public is invited to learn about restoration projects in Mississippi at the second annual Mississippi Restoration Summit on Nov. 14.

Registration is not required to attend the summit presented by Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality from 5-8:30 p.m. at the Coast Coliseum and Convention Center in Biloxi.

At 6:30 p.m., MDEQ officials will talk about current restoration projects and announce new projects. That will be followed at 7:30 p.m. by stakeholder conversations to allow participants to discuss project planning.

Two educational breakout sessions, Restoration Finance and Restoration through Resource Management, will provide an opportunity to earn professional continuing education credits.

The Restore Act dedicates 80 percent of all administrative and civil penalties related to the Deepwater Horizon spill to a Gulf Coast Restoration Trust Fund to restore and protect the natural resources, ecosystems, fisheries, marine and wildlife habitats, beaches, coastal wetlands and economy of the Gulf Coast region.

Details: info@restore.ms or restore.ms/2017-restoration-summit.

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