Harrison County beach closure lifted

The state Department of Environmental Quality has lifted the remaining beach closure for the swimming beaches in Harrison County.

Immediately following Hurricane Gustav, MDEQ issued a precautionary advisory for all of Mississippi’s coastal beaches due to an expected increase in bacteria levels following the storm, safety concerns as a result of storm debris, and problems with physical access to the beaches.

The Gulf Coast Research Laboratory resumed monitoring the beaches following Hurricane Ike and has found that bacteria levels following the storms were generally meeting water quality standards. As of Wednesday, all of the 20 sites being sampled remain within the standard. The last site, Station 7, near Shadow Lawn Avenue in Pass Christian was opened today.

The Gulf Coast Research Laboratory performs water sampling of the Mississippi Gulf Coast beaches for MDEQ.