|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
Contact: Robbie Wilbur
April 2, 2009
MDEQ ISSUES TWO BEACH ADVISORIES FOR HANCOCK AND HARRISON COUNTIES
THREE MORE STILL IN EFFECT
(JACKSON, Miss.) -- The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality
(MDEQ), through its Beach Monitoring Program, is working closely with local
officials to advise residents that the following locations may have high
● Station 4 ? which is located from the west end at the Box Culvert to
the east at Ballantine Street in Bay St. Louis.
● Station 10-A ? which is located from the west at the VA Main Entrance
to the east at Courthouse Road in Gulfport.
An advisory issued on April 2 is still in effect for these two stations:
● Station 3 -- near Vacation Lane in Waveland ? which is located from
the west end at Oak Boulevard to the east at Favre Street.
● Station 10 -- Gulfport Central ? which is located from the west at
Alfonso Drive to the east at the VA main entrance.
An advisory issued on March 26 is still in effect in Harrison County:
● Station 11 -- Gulfport East ? which is located from the west at
Teagarden Road to the east at Anniston Avenue.
MDEQ strongly advises against swimming and other water contact in these
waters until water samples show a consistent safe level for human contact.
When water samples show that levels are safe for human contact, the
advisories will be lifted. 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.
The Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, which performs water sampling of the
Mississippi Gulf Coast beaches for MDEQ, will notify the agency when the
areas have returned to acceptable levels. For more information on the
Mississippi Beach Monitoring Program: