(Jackson, Miss.) – The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), through its Beach Monitoring Program, lifted beach water contact advisories Thursday for Stations 1,5,7,7A  and Station 8. Water samples at these stations show the areas have attained acceptable bacteria levels.

Advisories are issued for:

  • Station 10B – East Courthouse Road Beach – the extent is from Courthouse Rd. east to Tegarden.
  • Station 11 – Gulfport East Beach – the extent is from Tegarden east to Anniston Ave.
  • Station 11A – Edgewater Beach – the extent is from Debuys Rd. east to Edgewater Ave.

Advisories remain in effect for:

  • Station 1 – Lakeshore Beach – the extent is from Silver Slipper Casino east to Poinset.
  • Station 5 – Pass Christian West Beach – the extent is from Fort Henry Ave. east to Elliot St.
  • Station 7 – Pass Christian East Beach – the extent is from Espy Ave. east to Hayden Ave.
  • Station 7A – Long Beach – the extent is from Oak Gardens east to Girard Ave.
  • Station 8 – Gulfport West – the extent is from Marie Ave east to Camp Ave.

Beach Closure:

  • Station 6 – a preemptive beach closure was issued March 14 for Station 6 (Pass Christian Central Beach). MDEQ warns people to avoid water contact in this area including recreational activities such as swimming and wading. MDEQ received notice from the City of Pass Christian regarding a sewer force main leak at the corner of St. Louis Avenue and Henderson Avenue that affects Station 6 beach segment from Henderson Avenue east to Heirn Avenue.

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 here.

To receive beach advisories directly, complete the contact form for inclusion in a public group email list, text “MDEQbeach” to 95577, or follow MDEQ on Twitter: @MDEQ.