STATE OF MISSISSIPPI
PHIL BRYANT, GOVERNOR

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 14, 2016
Contact: Robbie Wilbur
601/961-5277


MDEQ Lifts Water Contact Advisories for Two Stations
(JACKSON, Miss.)The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), through its Beach Monitoring Program, lifted water contact advisories Wednesday for sampling stations 7 and 12B. Advisories remain in effect for stations 7A and 11.

Advisories are lifted for:

Station 7 -- Pass Christian East Beach -- the extent is from Espy Ave east to Hayden Ave.

Station 12B -- Biloxi East Central Beach -- the extent is from St. Peter St. east to Dukate St.

The advisories remain in effect for:

Station 7A -- Long Beach Beach -- the extent is from Oak Gardens east to Girard.

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

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