Bayou Auguste Tidal Stream Restoration & Remediation, Phases 1 & 2

Engineering, environmental consulting & planning firm.

Bayou Auguste is a tidal creek in urban Biloxi, Mississippi. Over time, this meandering bayou had been transformed into a channelized stream with development that had encroached from north and south. The bayou is now located within a housing development of the Biloxi Housing Authority who were interested in improving both the function and aesthetics of the bayou.

Cypress worked with the Gulf Coast Community Design Studio and the Land Trust for the Mississippi Coastal Plain to provide ecosystem restoration design, environmental engineering, and construction oversight of the project from concept through construction for restoration of approximately 754 feet of bayou shoreline and 0.45 acres of tidal marsh along an urban bayou in east Biloxi. This restoration project removed fill material and a concrete retaining wall while restoring typical grade and contours of native marsh habitat.

Our integrated science and engineering design process was tailored to meet the needs of this project.

Work completed at this site includes the following:

  • Development of the initial site concept
  • Locating and characterizing local reference habitats; References were used to establish species lists and densities
  • Completed Baseline Assessment (pre-project)
  • Completed a Phase I environmental site assessment (ESA)
  • Completed a construction stormwater pollution prevention plan (SWPPP) utilizing bioengineered materials
  • Provided construction management and oversight of removal and disposal of refuse uncovered during marsh restoration.
  • Monitored stormwater best management practices (BMPs)
  • Completed Year 1 Monitoring Report

This project received a Citation Award from the Mississippi Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.