FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 14, 2012
Contact: Robbie Wilbur
MDEQ ISSUES WATER CONTACT ADVISORY FOR ONE LOCATION
(JACKSON, Miss.) -- The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), through its Beach Monitoring Program, issued a water contact advisory Saturday for one sampling station in Hancock 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 4 -- Bay St. Louis near St. Charles Street -- the extent is from the box culvert eastward to Ballantine Street.
The following advisories in Harrison County are still in effect:
● Station 5 -- Pass Christian West near Lady Mary Avenue -- from Elliot Street on the east to Fort Henry Avenue on the west;
● Station 7A -- Long Beach near Trautman Avenue -- from Girard on the east to Oak Gardens on the west;
● Station 10 -- Gulfport Central near Oak Avenue -- from the Old VA entrance on the east to Alfonso Drive on the west.
● Station 11 -- Gulfport East near Cowan Road -- from Anniston Avenue on the east to Teagarden Road on the west.
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.
Additionally, 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:
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