MDEQ issues warning but does not close beaches
by MBJ Staff
Published: February 18,2013
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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