Most of GSP re-opened
According to Harbormaster Steve Land, the Great Salt Pond “is now open except for south of the Beach Avenue bridge.” The pond was closed last week after a sewage spill possibly caused by a surge in sea levels during Hurricane Sandy resulted in high bacterial levels in both shellfish and water samples that Land submitted to the Department of Environmental Management (DEM).
Land noted this was the first time the DEM had required shellfish product testing — specifically of three species: oysters, clams and mussels. He said: “I followed the coastline from the BIG (Block Island Grocery) going north and up to the Littlefield aquaculture lease in mid-pond.” He added the first time he sent samples off they came back slightly elevated and the second results came back ‘fine.’”
Land took five samples just south of the Beach Avenue Bridge, which came in at an elevated level. Land believed they would know more on that area by the end of the week.