STATE OF MISSISSIPPI
PHIL BRYANT, GOVERNOR

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 25, 2017
Contact: Robbie Wilbur
601/961-5277


MDEQ Lifts Advisories for Stations 10 and 11 in Gulfport
(JACKSON, Miss.)The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), through its Beach Monitoring Program, lifted water contact advisories Wednesday for sampling stations 10 (Gulfport Central Beach) and 11 (Gulfport East Beach). Advisories issued January 24 remain in effect for stations 14, 19, and 20.

Advisories are lifted for:

Station 10 -- Gulfport Central Beach -- from Alfonso Dr. east to Arkansas Ave.

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

Advisories remain in effect for:

Station 14 – Front Beach near Martin Ave. (Ocean Springs) -- from the Yacht Club east to Jackson Ave.

Station 19 -- Pascagoula Beach West -- from Oliver St. east to Westwood St.

Station 20 -- Pascagoula Beach East -- from Westwood St. east to Grand Oaks Dr.

These segments of beach are not closed; however, there may be an increased risk of illness associated with swimming in these areas. When water samples show that levels are safe for human contact, the advisories will be lifted. 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 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