DNREC halts shellfish harvest temporarily after sewage spill in Rehoboth Bay

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SUSSEX COUNTY, Del. – The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) issued a temporary halt on commercial and recreational shellfish harvest in the Rehoboth Bay. The 21-day pause comes after a sewage spill, which has since been contained.

DNREC says a plumbing contractor hit a sewer line in the Mariner’s Cove mobile home park, causing thousands of gallons of sewage to spill into the Rehoboth Bay. “We will continue to test water quality in the growing area, which includes Rehoboth Bay as part of our regular, routine testing,” said Nikki Lavoie with DNREC.

In addition to the halt on shellfish harvesting, DNREC is also advising people to limit contact with water in the Rehoboth Bay until January 18th. “Bacteria levels from any event will return to background levels generally faster than 21 days. But, federal guidelines have established this period to be protective of any and all pathogens related to wastewater spills,” said Lavoie.

If you have any questions or concerns about the halt on shellfish harvesting, you can find more information by clicking here.

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