MDEQ Lifts One Beach Water Contact Advisory in Gulfport One Other Advisory in Effect

From:  News Release   11/20/19  GCN

(Jackson, Miss.) – The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), through its Beach Monitoring Program, lifted a water contact advisory Wednesday for Station 10B (East Courthouse Road Beach) in Gulfport. Water samples at this station show the area has attained acceptable bacteria levels. An advisory remains in effect for Station 15 (Shearwater Beach).
The advisory is lifted for:

Station 10B -- East Courthouse Road Beach (Gulfport) -- the extent is from Courthouse Rd. east to Teagarden Rd.

An advisory remains in effect for:

Station 15 -- Shearwater Beach (Ocean Springs) -- the extent is from Weeks Bayou east to Ashley Place.

This segment of beach is not closed; however, there may be an increased risk of illness associated with swimming in this area. When water samples show that levels are safe for human contact, the advisory will be lifted.
 
An advisory is issued when bacteria levels exceed water quality criteria and pose an increased risk to human health. Under the Mississippi Beach Monitoring Program, water is tested for the presence of Enterococcus bacteria, which is an indicator for bacteria pollution. When an advisory is issued, water contact should be avoided. Swimmers are reminded that the Beach Task Force has a standing recommendation that swimming not occur during or within 24 hours of a significant rainfall event.

More information about the Mississippi Beach Monitoring Program and the location of beach sampling stations is available at: http://opcgis.deq.state.ms.us/beaches. To receive beach advisories directly, fill out a contact form at http://opcgis.deq.state.ms.us/beaches/contact.html for inclusion in a public group email list, text “MDEQbeach” to 95577, or follow MDEQ on Twitter: @MDEQ.