JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) has issued a water contact advisory for a section of the Pearl River from its junction with Hanging Moss Creek to the Swinging Bridge in Bryam.
Advisories are also issued for Hanging Moss Creek, Town Creek, Lynch Creek, Eubanks Creek, Hardy Creek, and Trahon Creek. Also included is Tilda Slough which is along the south side of Pascagoula Street and east of Jefferson Street (parallel to Pascagoula Street) that flows through an underground culvert then emerges at I-55 near the Pearl Street exit. This slough drains north under High Street where it is pumped to the Pearl River.
MDEQ recommends that people avoid water contact activities 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 ongoing sanitary sewer overflows around the City of Jackson discharging wastewater into various water bodies.
MDEQ staff will continue to collect water samples and monitor the water quality in the area. The advisory may be revised as needed.