Mississippi DEQ

No swimming along many of the Mississippi Gulf Coast beaches because of algae bloom

Bonnet Carre Spillway opening blamed for beach closures

June 26, 2019 - 10:02 am

If you are planning on swimming along the Mississippi Gulf Coast this weekend, think again.  

The algae bloom is now spreading along many of the gulf waters along the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality released a list of closed beaches.  It's advised that folks should  not even allow their pets to come in contact with water that has a greenish-blue hue. 
The toxic cyanobacterium can cause rashes, diarrhea and vomiting.  
Mississippi Department of Marine Resources Executive Director Joe Spraggins blames fresh water entering the Mississippi sound. 

The Bonnet Carre spillway has been open for a historically long time to relieve pressure on levees from the flooded Mississippi River. 

The fresh water influx is creating a dead zone without oxygen where marine life can't survive. 

You can log here to see the closures along the Mississippi Gulf Coast 

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