MDEQ Issues Water Contact Advisory For One Location in Gulfport

Two Other Advisories in Harrison County Remain

(JACKSON, Miss.) — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), through its Beach Monitoring Program, issued a water contact advisory Friday for a sampling station in Harrison County.  This segment of beach is not closed; however, there may be an increased risk of illness associated with swimming in this area.


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


●Station 8 – Gulfport West – from Marie Avenue east to Camp Avenue (


Two advisories issued April 18 are still in effect:


●Station 10B – East Courthouse Road Beach – from Courthouse Road east to Teagarden Road (


●Station 11A – Edgewater Beach – from Debuys Road east to Edgewater Avenue (


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,

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