Ecological Impact of Maritime Industry

Penny White Travel Fund Award, Harvard GSD, Spring 2012

The Ingalls Shipbuilding Yard in Pascagoula, MS is sited at the based of the Pascagoula River along the Gulf Coast. Home to a wide variety of ecological habitats as well as threatened and endangered species, the hydrological health of the area is crucial to maintaining a biodiverse environment. The onsite contamination developed as a result of heavy maritime industry, sewage treatment, oil refining, and former naval occupation. Through studying the history of the shipyard as well as the existing measures being taken to stabilize the ecology, we gained a clearer understanding of the ecological and industrial systems of the Ingalls Shipbuilding Yard and the greater Port Pascagoula.

Research Partner: Ellen Garrett

Advisors: Pierre Belanger + Chris Reed