(JACKSON, Miss.) – The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), through its Beach Monitoring Program, lifted a water contact advisory Monday for sampling station 19 (Pascagoula Beach West). Advisories remain in effect for stations 8 and 9.

Advisory is lifted for:

► Station 19 — Pascagoula Beach West — from Oliver St. east to Westwood St.

Advisories remain in effect for:

► Station 8 — Gulfport West Beach — near Fournier Ave. — from Maria Ave east to Camp Ave.

► Station 9 — Gulfport Harbor Beach — near Pratt Ave. — from 20th Ave. east to Thornton Ave.

These segments of beach are not closed; however, there may be an increased risk of illness associated with swimming in these areas. When water samples show that levels are safe for human contact, the advisories will be lifted. 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 status of beach advisories is available at: http://opcgis.deq.state.ms.us/beaches.

To receive beach advisories directly, send an email to rwilbur@mdeq.ms.gov for inclusion in a public group email list, text “MDEQbeach” to 95577, or follow MDEQ on Twitter: @MDEQ.

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