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Advisory lifted on stretch of Hancock County beach

BAY ST. LOUIS — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), through its Beach Monitoring Program, has lifted a water contact advisory for a stretch of beach in Hancock County.

MDEQ has cleared Station 4 — Bay St. Louis, which extends from the box culvert to Ballantine Street.

Water samples at this station show the area has attained acceptable bacteria levels. The Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, which performs water sampling of the Mississippi Gulf Coast beaches for MDEQ, notifies the agency when an area returns to acceptable levels and safe conditions.

A list of stations under advisory and more information on the Mississippi Beach Monitoring Program are available at www.usm.edu/gcrl/msbeach/index.cgi.

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