STATE OF MISSISSIPPI
PHIL BRYANT, GOVERNOR

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 19, 2015
Contact: Robbie Wilbur
601/961-5277


MDEQ Issues One Water Contact Advisory
Two Advisories Remain

(JACKSON, Miss.) -- The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), through its Beach Monitoring Program, issued a water contact advisory Thursday for a sampling station in Harrison County. This segment of beach is not closed; however, there may be an increased risk of illness associated with swimming in this area.


MDEQ is working closely with local officials to advise residents that the water in the following location may have high bacteria levels:

●Station 11 – Gulfport East Beach – from Tegarden east to Anniston Avenue.

Advisories are still in effect for these two stations:

●Station 10 – Gulfport Central Beach – from Alfonso Drive east to Arkansas Avenue.

●Station 12B – Biloxi East Central Beach – from St. Peter Street east to Dukate Street.

When water samples show that levels are safe for human contact, the advisories will be lifted. The Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, which performs water sampling of the Mississippi Gulf Coast beaches for MDEQ, notifies the agency when an area has returned to acceptable levels.

Swimmers are reminded that the Beach Task Force has a standing recommendation that swimming not occur during or within 24 hours of a significant rainfall event.

More information on the Mississippi Beach Monitoring Program:
http://www.usm.edu/gcrl/msbeach/index.cgi.

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

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