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MDEQ issues warning but does not close beaches

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), through its Beach Monitoring Program, has issued water contact advisories for three sampling stations.

These segments of beach are not closed; however, there may be an increased risk of illness associated with swimming in those areas.

MDEQ reports it is working closely with local officials to advise residents that the water in the following locations may have high bacteria levels:

● Station 3 (Waveland Beach — from Oak Boulevard east to Favre Street)

● Station 4 (Bay St. Louis Beach — from the box culvert east to Ballentine Street)

● Station 8 – (Gulfport West Beach — from Maria Avenue east to Camp Avenue)

When water samples show that levels are safe for human contact, MDEQ says the advisories 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.

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  1. Not sure that this is related, but :
    Three years ago our daughter and her husband moved to the coast from another state.

    We are beach people, so we were excited to be able to visit the kids and get some sun. We visit the coast beaches at least six times a year.

    I’d say that almost 25-40% of the time we find fileted fish remains between West Gulfport and Bay St. Louis. It is unhealthy and unsitely. Must be some way to prevent fishermen from throwing carcasses back into the Gulf.

    Would love to have clean beaches back.

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