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MDEQ issues another beach closure on Coast

HARRISON COUNTY — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), through its Beach Monitoring Program, has issued a water contact advisory for a sampling station in Harrison County. This segment of beach is not closed; however, there may be an increased risk of illness associated with swimming in this area. MDEQ is working closely with local officials to advise residents ...

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MDEQ lifts two beach advisories on Coast

BILOXI and OCEAN SPRINGS — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), through its Beach Monitoring Program, has lifted two water contact advisories issued Aug. 10 for the two stretches of beach. The cleared beaches are: • Station 12B — Porter Avenue Beach in Biloxi (from St. Peter Street east to Dukate Street) • Station 14 — Front Beach in ...

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Agency issues more beach advisories on Coast

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), through its Beach Monitoring Program, has issued water contact advisories for two sampling stations — one in Harrison County and one in Jackson County. These segments of beach are not closed; however, there may be an increased risk of illness associated with swimming in this area. The beaches are: ...

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Officials approve naming beaches critical habitat for turtles

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Officials say they won’t have any problems if Mississippi beaches are named critical habitat for endangered loggerhead sea turtles. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing nearly 750 miles of beaches from North Carolina to Mississippi as protected habitat. South Carolina officials have said that could make it harder and more expensive to replenish their ...

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Corps hires firm to finish post-Katrina beach restoration

PASCAGOULA — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers hired Tropical World to begin the final phase of Hurricane Isaac repairs to the Pascagoula Beach. The Sun Herald reports work began yesterday to further replenish sand and riprap, clean and restore the concrete mats, and correct filter fabric that is exposed. Jaci Turner, the city’s planning, building and engineering director, says ...

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Federal audit finds millions in grants misspent at MDMR

BILOXI — A federal audit has found millions in grant money administered by the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources was misspent. The government said MDMR and the counties of Hancock, Harrison, and Jackson were awarded 100 Coastal Impact Assistance Program grants from the U.S. Department of Interior totaling $99.8 million from fiscal year 2009 through fiscal year 2012. The report ...

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MDEQ lifts beach closure prompted by sewage release

BILOXI — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), through its Beach Monitoring Program, has lifted a beach closure issued June 17. The stretch of beach is from Grande View Drive to Brady Drive in Biloxi (approximately from east of Edgewater Mall to just past Beauvoir). The City of Biloxi reported to MDEQ Monday that a pump station malfunctioned and ...

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Pump station incident prompts precautionary closure of beach

BILOXI — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), through its Beach Monitoring Program, has issued a precautionary beach closure. The affected beach is from Grande View Drive to Brady Drive in Biloxi (approximately from east of Edgewater Mall to just past Beauvoir). The City of Biloxi reported to MDEQ that a pump station malfunctioned yesterday and that sewage entered ...

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Different techniques prove successful in keeping sand on beaches

HARRISON COUNTY — Over the past three months, Harrison County has used two methods of keeping sand off the highway and both worked. Engineer Dax Alexander and Sand Beach director Chuck Loftis told Harrison County supervisors that in the area of beach between Menge and Troutman in Long Beach and Pass Christian, workers removed sand from the seawall and also ...

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BP oil spill cleanup ends, but MDEQ still monitoring beaches

GULF OF MEXICO — The Gulf Coast Incident Management Team and the U.S. Coast Guard are transitioning the Deepwater Horizon oil spill response back to the pre-spill National Response Center system, according to a release from the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ). “While the Coast Guard and the Gulf States have decided that it’s time to move toward scaling ...

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