As a precautionary measure, St. Tammany Parish Government is strongly urging its citizens and visitors to temporarily cease swimming, wading and fishing in the Bogue Chitto River. Parish Government has been in contact with State regulatory agencies and will await the results of the State’s river testing, and more importantly the clearance of the river for any potential adverse health risks. St. Tammany is also asking its citizens to look for updates from the Louisiana Department of Health, the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality and Parish Government as the situation progresses.
The advisory is a direct result of a spill of six million gallons of stormwater and sewerage that was caused by a levee breach on the Bogue Chitto River near Brookhaven, MS. The Mississippi and Louisiana Departments of Environmental Quality, and the Louisiana Department of Health have all issued a “Water Contact Advisory” for the river on both sides of the state line.