Excessive rain from Ida forces closure of shellfish harvesting
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – Excessive rainfall from the remnants of Hurricane Ida has necessitated the closure of shellfish harvesting throughout coastal Rhode Island, the Department of Environmental Management announced Thursday.
The rain caused extreme stormwater runoff that in some areas triggered wastewater treatment bypasses and sewer overflows causing contaminants to get into the shellfish areas.
In Narragansett Bay, Upper Bay shellfish conditional Area A and Area B will remain closed until Sunday, Sept. 12 at noon. Greenwich Bay will be closed until Thursday, Sept. 9.
The waters south of Conditional Area B to the line from Quonset Point to the southern tip of Prudence Island to Carr Point in Portsmouth are scheduled to reopen at noon on the ninth as well.
Mount Hope Bay and Kickemuit River are closed until further notice.
The coastal salt ponds are scheduled to reopen at noon on the ninth.