The Gulf Coast Restore Council on Thursday released a list of recommended projects that will be funded with nearly $140 million in BP settlement money. Some $21 million is set aside for Mississippi.

Expanding the north shore of Deer Island, purchasing upstream property for perpetual conservation and establishing an education and outreach program. All are included in the recommended Mississippi projects. Nearly $140 million in restoration projects, gulf wide, are on this recommended list to be funded.The money could be allocated by early next year.

“We’re now seeing some of that money start to flow. And so we hope very soon, in months and less than a year now, some of those projects will be on line and we’ll start to see the benefit of that restoration,” said DMR Executive Director Jamie Miller.

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