The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), through its Beach Monitoring Program, lifted five water contact advisories Friday for Station 1 (Lakeshore Beach), Station 3 (Waveland Beach), Station 4 (Bay St. Louis Beach), Station 7 (Pass Christian East Beach), and Station 7A (Long Beach). Advisories for Stations 5, 6, 8, 9, and 10 remain in effect.
Advisories are lifted for:
- Station 1 — Lakeshore Beach (Bay St. Louis) — the extent is from the Silver Slipper Casino east to Pointset Ave.
- Station 3 — Waveland Beach — the extent is from Oak Blvd. east to Favre St.
- Station 4 — Bay St. Louis Beach — the extent is from the Box Culvert east to Ballantine St.
- Station 7 — Pass Christian East Beach — the extent is from Espy Ave. east to Hayden Ave.
- Station 7A — Long Beach — the extent is from Oak Gardens Ave. east to Girard Ave.
Water samples at these stations show the areas have attained acceptable bacteria levels.
Advisories remain in effect for:
- Station 5 — Pass Christian West Beach — the extent is from Fort Henry Ave. east to Elliot St.
- Station 6 — Pass Christian Central Beach — the extent is from Henderson Ave. east to Heirn Ave.
- Station 8 — Gulfport West Beach — the extent is from Marie Ave. east to Camp Ave.
- Station 9 — Gulfport Harbor Beach — the extent is from 20th Ave. east to Thornton Ave.
- Station 10 — Gulfport Central Beach — the extent is from Alfonso Dr. east to Arkansas 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 location of beach sampling stations is available at: http://opcgis.deq.state.ms.us/beaches.