Block Island Sewage Entered Great Salt Pond

Sunset over Great Salt Pond. Photo courtesy Block Island Tourism Council/Michael Melford

Block Island Times: Despite official protests last week [December 3-7] that closing the Great Salt Pond to shellfishing was purely “precautionary,” test results seem to indicate that the pond did experience a problem last week after a sewer leak was discovered on Ocean Avenue just before Thanksgiving. Harbormaster Steve Land took water and shellfish samples mid-last week and submitted them to the Department of Environmental Management. Results showed high bacteria levels in shellfish, he said, as well as slightly elevated levels in the water in Harbor Pond only.

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