MDEQ Issues Water Contact Advisories For Two Locations in Hancock County

(JACKSON, Miss.) — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), through its Beach Monitoring Program, issued water contact advisories today for two sampling stations.  These segments of beach are not closed; however, there may be an increased risk of illness associated with swimming in those areas.


MDEQ is working closely with local officials to advise residents that the water in the following locations may have high bacteria levels:


●Station 1 – Lakeshore — from the Silver Slipper east to the jetty west of Poinset Avenue.


● Station 3 – Waveland Beach — from Oak Boulevard east to Favre Street.


When water samples show that levels are safe for human contact, the advisories will be lifted.  The Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, which performs water sampling of the Mississippi Gulf Coast beaches for MDEQ, notifies the agency when an area has returned to acceptable levels.

Additionally, 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 on the Mississippi Beach Monitoring Program:

To receive beach advisories directly, send an email to for inclusion in a public group email list, text “beach” to 601-863-8082,

 or follow MDEQ on Twitter at!/MDEQ.

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