M.D.E.Q. Issues Water Contact Advisory for Location in Gulfport

Contributor: Rachael Thomas
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Updated: 2/12/2014 1:32 pm
The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality
(MDEQ), through its Beach Monitoring Program, issued a water contact
advisory Wednesday for one sampling station in Harrison 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 11 ? Gulfport East -- from Teagarden Road east to Anniston Avenue.

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:

To receive beach advisories directly, send an email to
rwilbur@deq.state.ms.us for inclusion in a public group email list, text
"MDEQbeach" to 95577, or follow MDEQ on Twitter: @MDEQ.
39° Clear Feels Like: 35° F
High: 60° F
Low: 38° F
Wind: NE 6 mph

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