2018-08-30 / News

Sewage overflow closes shellfish areas

Waters in Narragansett Bay from Conimicut Point south to Prudence Island have been closed to shellfish harvesting after sewage was discovered overflowing into Warwick’s Buckeye Brook.

According to state environmental officials, a collapsed sewer line leading to the pump station at Cedar Swamp was responsible for 300,000 gallons of sewage overflowing from manholes. The city’s sewer authority added chlorine for disinfection during the overflow. To learn about the status of this closure, call 222-2900.

In related environmental news, this accident highlights the need for volunteers to keep Narragansett Bay healthy. For the fifth consecutive year, Save The Bay is leading a statewide cleanup along the Rhode Island coast.

Volunteers are needed to scour Taylor Point and Potter Cove for marine debris from 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 22. The organization is looking for 60 workers for the local cleanup. Call July Lewis at 272-3540 ext. 130 to register. Save The Bay will provide the trash bags, data cards, pencils and disposable gloves.

Last year in the Ocean State, 2,629 volunteers collected 16,484 pounds of trash from 90 sites in 25 towns along 65 miles of shoreline.

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