MDEQ: Delta lakes safe following historic flood
Published: June 30,2011
MISSISSIPPI DELTA — Environmental officials say many lakes in the Mississippi Delta are safe for swimming and boating despite flooding by the Mississippi River.
The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality said yesterday in a news release that it sampled 23 lakes in the Delta for chemical and bacterial contamination following flooding on the Mississippi River and the Yazoo Backwater.
MDEQ and the Mississippi State Department of Health agreed that the tested waters that were safe. The main concern had been waterborne disease from flooded sewage treatment systems.
Some lakes had low oxygen levels, which is a threat to aquatic species, but not people.
MDEQ executive director Trudy D. Fisher said the tests don’t reflect “the condition of every area of every lake” and encouraged people to “use caution and common sense.”
To sign up for Mississippi Business Daily Updates, click here.
FOLLOW THE MBJ ON TWITTERMy Tweets
Twang & Tourism: The Country Music Trail
Top Posts & Pages
- Officials set hunting dates for birds; expands dove season by 20 days
- FLIPPING OUT — Flipping houses is popular in much of the country, but in Mississippi ...
- MBJ Special report: MDA numbers help with cities’ retail pitches
- REVVING UP — Motorcars of Jackson is preparing to open its first-ever showroom on I-55
- Nehi Bottling Company has been a Cleveland fixture for 85 years
- COO of TL Wallace Construction keeps eye on revenue growth and profits
- RAISING AWARENESS — Lori Newcomb, family join fight against ovarian cancer
- Isle of Capri reports decreased in-state revenues; experiencing 'market pressures'
- DREAMS AND OYSTERS — Houstons set for August opening of Saltine in Fondren