MDEQ To Conduct Survey on Whites Bayou

(JACKSON, Miss.) — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) will be installing electronic monitoring equipment to help conduct a water sampling survey on Whites Bayou in Hancock County.  During the survey a bright red, non-toxic dye will be released into the water.  This dye is not toxic or hazardous. People should not be alarmed if they notice red coloration in the water.  The dye is not harmful to people, plants, wildlife, fish or seafood.


Residents are asked not to tamper with the equipment that will be mounted on rebar, fence posts, PVC poles, or buoys.  The survey is scheduled from October 10 to 18, and the equipment will be removed.  The dye will dissipate quickly in the water; and the waterbody will return to its normal state and color.