STATE OF MISSISSIPPI
PHIL BRYANT, GOVERNOR

MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
GARY C. RIKARD, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 5, 2017
Contact: Robbie Wilbur
601/961-5277


MDEQ Issues Water Contact Advisory for Station 11
(JACKSON, Miss.)The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), through its Beach Monitoring Program, issued a water contact advisory Thursday for sampling station 11 (Gulfport East Beach). In addition, a closure is still in effect in Long Beach.

An advisory is issued for:

Station 11 – Gulfport East Beach -- the extent is from Tegarden Rd. east to Anniston Ave.

This segment of beach is not closed; however, there may be an increased risk of illness associated with swimming in this area. When water samples show that levels are safe for human contact, the advisory will be lifted.

The preemptive closure issued January 3 remains in effect for:

Long Beach -- from South Lang Ave. to Runnels Ave.

MDEQ advises residents not to enter the water or consume any seafood collected from these nearshore waters until further notice. MDEQ is monitoring the water and will lift the closure when bacteria levels indicate conditions are safe for water contact.

More information about the Mississippi Beach Monitoring Program and the status of beach advisories is available at: http://opcgis.deq.state.ms.us/beaches.

To receive beach advisories directly, send an email to rwilbur@mdeq.ms.gov for inclusion in a public group email list, text "MDEQbeach" to 95577, or follow MDEQ on Twitter: @MDEQ.

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Robbie Wilbur
Communications Director
Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality
Post Office Box 2261
Jackson, Mississippi 39225
rwilbur@mdeq.ms.gov
601-961-5277 (office)
601-421-5699 (cell)
@MDEQ