Mississippi Beaches Closed Due to Harmful Algae
If you are planning to vacation on a beach in Mississippi, your plans might be put on hold. The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality has closed all of the state’s 21 beaches due to discoloration in its waters from a harmful algae bloom. This toxic algae is produced by colonies of algae that begin to grow out of control and can affect people and marine ecosystems.
Harmful Algae Bloom can cause rashes, stomach cramps, nausea, and other effects to the body. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Blooms can be caused by various factors including low water flows, increases in nutrient levels from fertilizer run-off, and changes in water temperature. Although the state says people can still use the sand portion of the beaches, you are advised to avoid water contact or consumption of anything from the waters until further notice.