STATE OF MISSISSIPPI
PHIL BRYANT, GOVERNOR

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 23, 2016
Contact: Robbie Wilbur
601/961-5277


MDEQ Lifts Advisory for Bogue Chitto River

(JACKSON, Miss.) – The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) lifted a water contact advisory Friday that had been issued September 16 for a segment of the Bogue Chitto River.


The advisory extended from Highway 84 in Brookhaven to the Mississippi-Louisiana stateline south of Dillon’s Bridge near the community of Lehr (see attached map).

MDEQ advises that people can now engage in water contact such as swimming or wading and can consume fish or anything else taken from these waters. Water samples taken during the past week returned results below the levels of concern.

The advisory was issued due to a breach in the City of Brookhaven’s levee at the city’s wastewater treatment plant. The breach resulted in the discharge of approximately 1.3 million gallons of stormwater-diluted sewage to the river.
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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