Rain, treatment snags close shellfish beds

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RIDEM-logoDue to elevated bacteria levels measured in the Bristol Wastewater Treatment Facility and overflows from various pump stations throughout the collection system, the R.I. Department of Environmental Management (DEM) announced an emergency shellfish closure in the waters within Bristol Harbor and surrounding Hog Island yesterday, April 3.

The overflows occurred as a result of the heavy rains experienced earlier in the week.
The area closed includes waters north and east of a line from the southern tip of Poppasquash Point to Southwest Point on Hog Island and from there to the southwestern extremity of Arnold Point in Portsmouth. This area is closed to shellfishing until further notice.

In addition, Mt. Hope Bay and the Kickemuit River are closed until further notice.

Greenwich Bay reopened on Monday, and Conditional Areas A and B are due to reopen on Wednesday, April 9.

For updates on conditional areas, call the DEM hotline at 401/222-2900.

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