Environmentalists monitor bacterial levels in Pearl River

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) - State environmentalists are monitoring potentially harmful bacterial levels in a section of the Pearl River.

An advisory was posted Monday warning residents that untreated waste water is pouring into the Pearl River near Lakeland Drive in Jackson.

The red line on the map indicates the area of concern.

The area runs from Eubanks Creek at Lakeland Drive down to Highway 80.

According to Chris Mims, City of Jackson Spokesman, recent heavy rains caused a sewer line to overflow.

The raw sewage overflow began accidentally discharging into the waters of the Pearl River. The problem began in the vicinity of Eubanks Creek at Lakeland Drive and then meandered down the Pearl River for several miles.

The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality has issued an advisory.

People are urged not to swim or wade in the potentially polluted water.

People should also avoid fishing and eating fish from this section of the Pearl River until an "all clear" is posted.

Mims said this is not the first time this has happened.

A City of Jackson work crew is out assessing the situation and should begin the clean up process Tuesday or Wednesday.

This advisory does not affect any activities at the spillway below the Ross Barnett Reservoir Dam.

Water intake for the City of Jackson is also not compromised.

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