The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) will be installing electronic monitoring equipment on July 27, 2015 to help conduct a water sampling survey on the Leaf River. During the survey, a bright red, non-toxic dye will be released into the water. This dye is not toxic or hazardous. People should not be alarmed if they notice red coloration in the water. The dye is not harmful to people, plants, wildlife, fish or seafood. 

MDEQ Issues Temporary Water Advisory for Josey Creek in Oktibbeha County

The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) issued a water contact advisory Tuesday for Josey Creek in Starkville, MS. The advisory extends from the Hwy 182 W crossing north to the confluence with Trim Cane Creek. MDEQ recommends that people avoid water contact recreation such as swimming or wading in these waters. In addition, people should avoid eating fish from these waters until further notice. 

Mississippi Reaches Landmark Agreement in BP Oil Spill Disaster Case

Gov. Phil Bryant and Attorney General Jim Hood announced today in Biloxi that Mississippi has reached an agreement in principle with BP to settle claims related to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster. The settlement will bring approximately $1.5 billion in additional relief to Mississippi over the next 17 years. Combined with $659 million in early funding, Mississippi is receiving a total of nearly $2.2 billion in compensation.