|MDEQ ISSUES WATER CONTACT ADVISORY FOR LOCATION IN JACKSON COUNTY|
(JACKSON, Miss.) -- The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), through its Beach Monitoring Program issued a water contact advisory today for a sampling station in Jackson County. This segment of beach is not closed; however, there may be an increased risk of illness associated with swimming in that area. MDEQ is working closely with local
officials to advise residents that the water in the following location may have high bacteria levels:
●Station 19 -- Pascagoula Beach West near Oliver Street in Pascagoula.
When water samples show that levels are safe for human contact, the advisory 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:http://www.usm.edu/gcrl/msbeach/index.cgi.
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