MDEQ Revises Water Contact Advisory for Josey Creek and Trim Cane Creek in Oktibbeha County


(JACKSON, Miss.) – The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) expanded a water contact advisory issued earlier today for sections of Josey Creek and Trim Cane Creek in Oktibbeha County.  The advisory now begins at the City of Starkville’s Trim Cane lift station to an unnamed tributary then to the mouth of Josey Creek.  The advisory then continues for Josey Creek from where it crosses Highway 82 to where it joins Trim Cane Creek and for Trim Cane Creek to its confluence with Sun Creek (see attached map).  Additional information from the city resulted in the expansion of the advisory.


MDEQ recommends that people avoid water contact such as swimming, wading, and fishing. People should also avoid eating fish or anything else taken from these waters until further notice.


The advisory is being issued due to a faulty lift station that discharged sewage into Josey Creek.  MDEQ staff is working with City of Starkville to resolve any issues and will collect water samples to monitor the water quality in the area. The advisory may be revised as needed.


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