Thursday, March 29, 2012

Baltimore Sewage Leak Leads to Shellfish Closure

Due to the flow of up to 17 million gallons per day of untreated sewage into the Patapsco River, the Maryland Department of the Environment on March 28 closed the mouth of the Patapsco and a nearby portion of the Chesapeake Bay to shellfish harvesting.
The closure was issued because of a sewage spill from a ruptured 54-inch pipe at the Patapsco Sewage Pumping Station in Baltimore Highlands that began on Mar. 25.
Health officials in Baltimore County and Anne Arundel County issued notices regarding water contact for a portion of the Patapsco River. MDE determined that an area in the mouth of the Patapsco River and a nearby portion of the Chesapeake Bay normally open to shellfish harvesting will be closed.
Makes me glad they're going hard after that 7% of Chesapeake Bay pollution that comes from septic systems...

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