The past several weeks you've been reading stories about how many Louisiana beaches have either been closed for public use because of high bacteria levels. For those who enjoy swimming and boating in Louisiana waters keeping track of where those trouble spots are in the state has just gotten a little easier thanks to your smartphone.

The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality has announced swimming and fishing advisories are now available as part of a smartphone app. The app which was released last week can be found in Google Play or the App Store for Apple device users. Simply search: LDEQ fish advisories

The app will allow users to zoom in on specific locations across the state and get information on the latest advisories issued for that area. The app mirrors the online version of the LDEQ site.

In addition to beach advisories, the app will also have information on fishing restrictions and fish consumption concerns as well. The app is free to download and should be a very useful tool in helping Louisiana residents who enjoy the state's waters safely.