Pearl Riverkeeper Water Stewards
Water Quality Testing Results
The Pearl Riverkeeper "Water Stewards" is a citizen science Bacteriological and Water Chemistry monitoring program that follows the protocols and procedures developed by Alabama Water Watch in 1992 and certified by EPA Region 4 in 1999 and 2010. All of our Pearl Riverkeeper Water Stewards volunteers attend a one-day training course, are certified by Global Water Watch and follow a Quality Assurance/Quality Control program approved by the EPA.
Latest Water Quality Update
- Green = Passed. Most recent test results met water quality standards for E.coli.
- Red = Failed. Most recent test results indicate E.coli levels above EPA single sample standard.
Water Quality Trends
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REMINDER: The MDEQ Water Contact Advisory for the Pearl River and Other Streams in the Jackson Area remains in place. View the MDEQ Water Contact Advisory
***Heavy rains may impact water quality. Please use caution immediately after rainstorms as sewer overflows, failing septic and stormwater runoff can contain high levels of bacteria. These tests do not indicate the presence of Vibrio, a flesh-eating bacteria that naturally occurs in water. Our "safe" level refers to the level of E.coli, a bacteria that indicates fecal contamination. Please be advised that other threats may exist and avoid entering the water with open wounds. Swim at your own risk.
Disclaimer: The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only. All sites monitored are natural waterbodies and contaminants are present from a wide variety of sources. Local conditions fluctuate, sometimes rapidly, especially after rainfall events. The results displayed above are only representative of the exact time, date and location at which the sample was taken and do not represent the water quality between sampling events or at other locations nearby on the river. Users of this data should not assume that a “low” E. coli level means that it is necessarily safe or risk-free to make contact with the water. E. coli is not the only contaminant of concern for recreational users, and is used merely as an indicator of potential fecal contamination. Pearl Riverkeeper, their employees, and agents can provide no guaranty of water safety and, as such, the user assumes all risks associated with the use of this data and swimming in the Pearl River Basin. SWIM AT YOUR OWN RISK!