STATE OF MISSISSIPPI
PHIL BRYANT, GOVERNOR

MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
GARY C. RIKARD, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 16, 2016
Contact: Robbie Wilbur
601/961-5277


MDEQ Lifts Water Contact Advisory for Station 7A
One Advisory and One Closure Still in Effect
(JACKSON, Miss.)The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), through its Beach Monitoring Program, lifted a water contact advisory Friday for sampling station 7A. An advisory remains in effect for station 11 in Gulfport and also a closure in Biloxi.

The advisory is lifted for:

Station 7A -- Long Beach Beach -- the extent is from Oak Gardens east to Girard.

The advisory remains in effect for:

Station 11 – Gulfport East Beach -- the extent is from Tegarden Rd. east to Anniston Ave.

A preemptive beach closure issued December 15 for a section of beach in Biloxi remains in effect:

From the eastern barrier of the old Broadwater Hotel marina in front of Southern Memorial Park east to Ocean Club Boulevard. More information on that closure can be found at: http://bit.ly/2hE4wCJ.

When water samples show that levels are safe for human contact, the advisory and the closure will be lifted.

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 status of beach advisories is available at: http://opcgis.deq.state.ms.us/beaches.

To receive beach advisories directly, send an email to rwilbur@mdeq.ms.gov for inclusion in a public group email list, text "MDEQbeach" to 95577, or follow MDEQ on Twitter: @MDEQ.
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Robbie Wilbur
Communications Director
Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality
Post Office Box 2261
Jackson, Mississippi 39225
rwilbur@mdeq.ms.gov
601-961-5277 (office)
601-421-5699 (cell)
@MDEQ