Sewage Spills into Block Island’s Great Salt Pond

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

Block Island’s Great Salt Pond, including the Clam Flats at Andy’s Way and Cormorant Cove, were closed to shellfishing last week after roughly 5,000 gallons of sewage spilled into the pond, according to an article in the Block Island Times.

Shellfishing reopened late in the week after water quality tests cleared Department of Environmental inspection, confirmed Harbormaster Steve Land.

There were two sewer spills in the area last year, in March and July 2011, causing shellfishing bans in an area that’s otherwise renowned for its cleanliness — the Great Salt Pond was one of the first no-discharge harbors on the East Coast and the town offers free pump-out service to thousands of boats a summer to maintain a pristine environment.

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