The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality issued a water contact advisory for a section of the Pearl River. The advisory is for the section from the Pearl River’s confluence with Hanging Moss Creek to the Swinging Bridge in Byram.
Advisories are also issued for Hanging Moss Creek, Town Creek, Lynch Creek, Eubanks Creek, Hardy Creek and Trahon Creek.
The advisory also includes Tilda Slough, which is along the south side of Pascagoula Street and east of Jefferson Street in Jackson. Tilda Slough 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 into the Pearl River.
MDEQ recommends that people avoid water contact activities such as swimming, wading and fishing. People are also asked to avoid eating fish or anything else taken from these waters until further notice.
The advisory is being issued by MDEQ due to ongoing sanitary sewer overflows around the City of Jackson. Officials said the overflows are discharging wastewater into various waterbodies.
MDEQ staff will continue to collect water samples and monitor the water quality in the area.