HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Next week, parts of the Leaf River from Hattiesburg to Beaumont will lose its familiar color and will turn bright red. But state officials said there is no need to worry.
It is all part of a statewide water quality study being conducted by the Department of Environmental Quality.
The goal is to develop water quality models for all the state's large rivers.
From Oct. 5-9, a bright red, non-toxic dye will be released into the water. MDEQ officials said it is not harmful to people, plants or wildlife and will dissipate quickly.
Electronic monitoring equipment will also be installed and will be removed at the conclusion of the study.