MDEQ Water Contact Advisory Still In Effect for Stream and Pearl River Near Carthage


The MDEQ Contact Advisory is still in effect. The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) issued a water contact advisory Friday for Town Creek and a portion of the Pearl River near the City of Carthage.  The advisory is issued due to an overflow of minimally treated wastewater from the city’s treatment system.  The advised area includes from the Carthage POTW to Town Creek, downstream to the Pearl River, and down the Pearl River to the confluence with Yellow Creek (see attached map).

MDEQ recommends that people avoid water contact recreational activities such as swimming, wading, and fishing in these waters.

MDEQ is working with the city to stop the overflow.  MDEQ is monitoring the condition of the creek and the Pearl River and may revise this advisory as needed.

*****As of late Saturday into Sunday morning, the advisory has not been lifted