More information about the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality Beach Monitoring Program can be found at https://www.mdeq.ms.gov/.
Please feel free to utilize the following FAQ when interacting with guests:
When were the water contact warnings lifted by MDEQ?
The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality lifted the water contact warnings on October 4, 2019. This took place as a direct result of continuous testing and monitoring conducted by MDEQ and the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources.
Is the water open for activities?
At this time, all coastal waterways are open for swimming, boating and fishing.
Is it safe to swim?
Monitoring and testing conducted by official agencies has indicated that it is safe to enjoy the waters of Coastal Mississippi.
Are the barrier islands open?
At this time, all coastal waterways are open for swimming, boating and fishing. According to the National Park Service, there has been no observed evidence of the algae bloom impacting the barrier islands of the Gulf Islands National Seashore. All beaches in the park are currently open.
Is the seafood safe to eat?
The Mississippi Department of Marine Resource’s sampling indicates that recreational and commercial fishing offshore in Mississippi waters remains unaffected by the algal bloom and is safe for consumption.
Why were the warnings in effect for such a prolonged period?
Coastal Mississippi experienced a Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) due to the extended opening of the Bonnet Carre’ Spillway.
Where can I find more details about the beach monitoring program?
Visit www.mdeq.ms.gov to learn more about the program and to find information about how to best enjoy a day on the beautiful beaches of Coastal Mississippi.
The locations of the water contact warnings and the beach sampling stations can be found at http://opcgis.deq.state.ms.us/beaches/. For inclusion in a public group email list, text “MDEQbeach” to 95577, or follow MDEQ on Twitter: @MDEQ.
What else can I experience in Coastal Mississippi?
For additional itinerary ideas, visit Coastal Conversations on our website or follow Coastal Mississippi on social media. Facebook – Coastal Mississippi; Twitter - @SeeCoastalMS; Instagram - @coastalms and LinkedIn – Coastal Mississippi.