Algae Bloom Shutting Down Mississippi Beaches

The Gulf Coast is facing the environmental threat of algae blooms that cause rashes, stomach cramps, nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting.

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July 9, 2019, 11:00 AM PDT

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell


Toxic Algae Bloom

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"A blue-green Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) along the coast of Mississippi has forced the closure of more than 20 beaches," reports Danny Hermosillo. Ron Brackett reported in a separate article that the algae bloom had shut down all of the state's beaches.

As the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) shut down Pascagoula, Gulfport and Biloxi areas, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) officials told the public they didn't expect the bloom to spread to Texas.

For more on the causes of algae blooms, and potential mitigation measures, see an article by Michele Burford of the Australian Rivers Institute, written in January 2019.

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