HARRISON COUNTY — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (DMR) and the Mississippi State Department of Health extended the existing beach advisory in Harrison County.
The new advisory extends to the west from Third Avenue (Henderson Point) in Pass Christian on the west to Azalea Avenue in Biloxi on the east. This area had significant amounts tar mats and tar patties on the shoreline.
MDEQ and the Beach Monitoring Task Force recommend that people avoid contact with oil-related materials such as tar balls and tar mats and stay out of the water if these materials are visible.
The Jackson County advisory issued June 28 remains in effect and includes the area from Main Street in the Belle Fountain area west to Seashore Avenue.
MDEQ and the Beach Monitoring Task Force will continue to advise the public when oil-related materials are found. The nature of this oil spill is such that patches of these type materials could show up in other areas in the near future.