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Bogue Chitto declared safe for recreation again after sewage release

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Louisiana health and environmental officials said Friday that residents can resume use of the Bogue Chitto River for recreational purposes after untreated wastewater was released into the river Sept. 16.

Officials in Mississippi have also lifted a similar advisory for the portion of the river in Mississippi.

This updated advice follows water testing results that show bacteria levels to be back below the threshold of concern in the Louisiana or Mississippi sections of the river south of the site of a levee breach at the City of Brookhaven’s wastewater treatment plant last Friday.

The breach resulted in the discharge of approximately 1.3 million gallons of storm water-diluted sewage to the river.  Earlier this week, Mississippi officials corrected the estimated size of release from six million gallons to 1.3 million gallons.

Results from water samples taken at six sites in Louisiana by the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality this week, as well as tests conducted by the Mississippi DEQ during the week, all showed bacteria levels to be below the level of concern for water contact

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