MDEQ lifts advisory for Bogue Chitto River

Published 4:10 pm Friday, September 23, 2016

The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality lifted a water contact advisory today that had been issued Sept. 16 for a segment of the Bogue Chitto River.

The advisory extended from Hwy. 84 in Brookhaven to the Mississippi-Louisiana state line south of Dillon’s Bridge near the community of Lehr in Walthall Counrty.

MDEQ advises that people can now engage in water contact such as swimming or wading and can consume fish or anything else taken from these waters.  Water samples taken during the past week returned results below the levels of concern.

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The advisory was issued due to a breach in the City of Brookhaven’s levee at the city’s wastewater treatment plant.  The breach resulted in the discharge of approximately 1.3 million gallons of stormwater-diluted sewage to the river.