MDEQ Issues Closure for Bayou Casotte

(JACKSON, Miss.) – The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) issued a fishing and water contact closure Monday for Bayou Casotte and the adjacent waters of the Mississippi Sound within 1,000 feet of the mouth of the bayou.

MDEQ staff investigated a fish kill in Bayou Casotte in Jackson County Monday and as a result issued the closure. The cause of the fish kill is believed to be linked to low pH waters released from the Mississippi Phosphates Corporation.  The public is advised to avoid these waters and while seafood is not considered to be contaminated, fishermen are advised not to consume any seafood collected from these waters until further notice.

This precautionary closure was issued to protect the public from potentially harmful water conditions and does not affect navigation interests.  MDEQ will continue to monitor the bayou and adjacent waters and will modify or lift the closure as conditions warrant.


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