Monday, May 20, 2019

MDEQ: Stay Away from the Pearl River

The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality issued the following warning last week: 


The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) issued a water contact advisory today for a section of the Pearl River from its confluence with Hanging Moss Creek to the Swinging Bridge in Bryam.  Advisories are also issued for Hanging Moss Creek, Town Creek, Lynch Creek, Eubanks Creek, Hardy Creek, and Trahon Creek.  Also included is Tilda Slough which is along the south side of Pascagoula Street and east of Jefferson Street (parallel to Pascagoula Street) that 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 to the Pearl River (see attached map).
MDEQ recommends that people avoid water contact activities such as swimming, wading, and fishing.  People should also avoid eating fish or anything else taken from these waters until further notice.

The advisory is being issued due to ongoing sanitary sewer overflows around the City of Jackson discharging wastewater into various waterbodies.

MDEQ staff will continue to collect water samples and monitor the water quality in the area.  The advisory may be revised as needed.

43 comments:

Anonymous said...

What a sh*thole. Literally.

Anonymous said...

I propose a name for the lake created by the One-Lake project. Lake.....wait for it...... Lotta Hockey ! Bwahahahahaha

Anonymous said...

old news! I heard this Friday. Kingfish your slacking up.

CPD21 said...

Wonder how long it will take Jackson to completely polute the Pearl to the Gulf. Way to go guys, way to go.

Anonymous said...

Raise your hand if it took this warning to realize that section of the river was sketch? I thought this info was pretty much a given.

Anonymous said...

Smells like ass in here.

Anonymous said...

NASTY.

Hermit King said...

I was driving nearby in that area recently with my family. They accused me of breaking wind in the car. I swore to them that I did not. Now I can prove that The City of Jackson caused that doodoo smell, not me.

Anonymous said...

4 inches of rain will result in many towns having more water going into sewage treatment facilities than they can handle. Jackson is the biggest by far, but any town with old sewer pipes that allow storm water to rush in likely discharged some untreated sewage water into the environment last week. And it ALL ends up in the Pearl, Big Black or Mississippi at some point.

If you live along the Pearl, that probably doesn't make you feel any better, but its not just Jackson's sewage you smell.

Anonymous said...

Should the city be held accountable!?
"ongoing sanitary sewer overflows around the City of Jackson discharging wastewater into various waterbodies"
How does Jackson get away with an "ongoing" violation like this!? Oh wait. Never mind.

Anonymous said...

Not a single commenter on here has any idea why this happens other than "its Jackson".

Anonymous said...

Tell us @3:36 PM who else is discharging into the river.

Anonymous said...

old news! I heard this Friday.

So what.

PittPanther said...

How come the Pearl at the base of the spillway looks like sudsy water? What chemicals from upstream are causing that reaction?

Anonymous said...

Saw two kids playing in it on Saturday where Eubanks runs underneath Hawthorne.

Their parents probably had smelled the sewage leak sinkhole at the corner of Robin/Brookwood that overflows into Eubanks each time there is a heavy rain.

Anonymous said...

Shut down the Jackson government today and the State of Mississippi take over the city. Cities are creatures of the State and State must take action for the safety and protection of all.Each day gets a step closer to a total break down.

Anonymous said...

You wanted a "radical city", now you've got it. Just sit back and watch Jackson (hire consultants) deal with this minor situation. Long way before you hit bottom here.

CPD21 said...

The State of Mississippi can't do any better a job of running Jackson, then Jackson can.

Anonymous said...

I believe he is referring to storm water finding its way into old leaky sewer pipes and over whelming the treatment facility. The process is described in the article below and as the article says, sewer pipes are designed to last 20-50 years, but so many are much older and leaky.

So if you live in an older town with a sizable population, you can bet some of your sewage is getting into the environment when we get 4 inches of rain in a day. Think Vicksburg, Hattiesburg, Jackson (of course), Natchez, etc.

http://www.globalw.com/support/inflow.html

Jackson is the poster child due to the size of the city and the lack of maintenance over the last FORTY years. But you better believe there are many towns in Mississippi dealing with MDEQ on this issue.

Anonymous said...

A tornado could go through Jackson and do several billion dollars worth of improvements.

I once compared Jackson to a third world country, and a Jackson resident thanked me for the compliment.

My motto is "if it ain't broke, don't fix it". Jackson's motto is "if it's broke, don't fix it".

Seriously, this is why they have a consent decree. And they don't seem any closer to getting compliant. I think Robert Miller (public works director) is doing a pretty good job, but he has so many challenges, and you can't fix them all in one day. It's an uphill climb. I do know that neighboring, successful, well-run water and sewer utilities have offered them assistance in the past (training and technical expertise for example), and they always turned it down. Because "we ain't gonna let whitey tell us how to do it".

Anonymous said...

4:06pm, As for the specific causes of the problem you are probably right that most of the people here don’t have a clue, but what we do know is that this has been an ongoing problem for the past 40+ years and the City of Jackson has done nothing to correct the problem. The MDEQ is apparently just a paper tiger who can’t or won’t enforce the laws pertaining to illegal discharge of wastewater. Jackson’s leadership has done nothing significant to fix the deteriorating infrastructure facilities, nor can we really expect any changes under the current administration.

Anonymous said...

Great post 6:09.....and all the leaders from 40 years ago and the people who voted for them are dead or living in another county. #holdingthebag

Anonymous said...

The same chirping idiots say, "This is old news...I heard it Friday". Does that somehow diminish the weight of this problem? Tell those thousands downriver from Jackson that since you heard it three days ago, they need not worry.

Kingfish said...

Water sewer refinance in 2010 costs extra $8 million. What could that $8 million have done?

How's that hoping working out for you, Margaret?

Anonymous said...

PittPanther @ 4:25pm

The foam is most likely simple organic matter. Spume is pretty common in lakes such as the reservoir. The agitation from going through the spillway causes it.

Anonymous said...

8:02 I didn’t pose the question but have wondered it many times myself. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

I lived in Southwest Jackson about 35 years ago. The sewers and storm drains were old and inadequate back then. It flooded a lot especially near Highway 80 and really did stink. The whole system would have to be dug up and replaced. Good luck with that! I have since moved to a relatively new subdivision in Rankin where the pipes are new and won't have the expense of replacement for several years and we don't get the flooding except near Highway 80, and it does kind of stink. It will take lots of money to fix Jackson's infrastructure, money it don't have.

Anonymous said...

When I pee, I see foam, so I am thinking there is a lot of piss flowing through the dam at the reservoir.

Anonymous said...

I don’t believe there is enough money to fix Jackson in this lifetime. There are water/sewer problems, streets deteriorating, pot holes you can hide a truck in, crime you would not believe. Why would anyone want to live or work there? It’s nothing but a hell hole.

Anonymous said...

Need more tariffs....that’s not a tax.

Anonymous said...

I live in Highland Ridge subdivision in Madison. When we get a heavy rain, the sewers overflow so bad that the manhole covers come off the manholes. I'll post a video if you like.

Cynical Sam said...

Jackson is like an addict/alcoholic - it can't recover until it hits bottom, just like Detroit. By then, people like Baby Chok will have moved on to greener pastures.

Anonymous said...

5:51am, there is a difference in storm sewer overflow and actual sanitary sewage mixing in with the storm sewer flow. What you are seeing is clean water. What the above is talking about is water filled with shit. Big difference.

Anonymous said...

Ummm, 8:29, there are turds floating around. Its sewage. Public works told me the storm water rushes into holes in the sewer pipes and then the sewer backs up because there is too much water.

Come see for yourself next time we get a hard rain. Or worse, shortly after we get a hard rain. Its nasty.

Anonymous said...

About two minutes in, this explains what your problem is 5:51. And Jackson's. And everybody else with old sewer pipes.

https://aeon.co/videos/in-new-york-climbing-down-a-manhole-takes-you-into-an-entirely-different-world

Anonymous said...

The need for Jackson apologists to establish hackneyed misery equivalencies is always amusing.

Anonymous said...

Madison does not have sewage.

Anonymous said...

Haha, not only does Madison poop not stink, now they just don't poop.

--- said...

For any of you lawyers out there, is it possible the EPA will takes steps to enforce the consent decree?

Rod Knox said...

Well for sure Madison thinks theirs doesn't stink 10:08.

Anonymous said...

10:08 Madison most certainly does have sewage. They own/operate/maintain sewer lines, sewer manholes, sewer pump stations, etc. They just don't have a treatment facility. They pay to have their sewer treated. Some goes to the City of Jackson, and some goes northerly to the plant on the Big Black River that is owned by the Madison County Wastewater Authority.

Anonymous said...

There's more human waste in the Pearl at Georgetown than there is in the Mississippi River at Natchez.

Anonymous said...

5:29, I call your bluff. There's human waste from 20 states in the Mississippi. It is highly diluted, but are we talking gross or net?

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