The Block Island Times

Shellfishing to resume Saturday, Jan. 12

Jan 11, 2013

About two weeks after a sewer leak closed the Great Salt Pond to shellfishing as a precaution, the pond will reopen Saturday, January 12.

Harbormaster Steve Land said that samples were submitted to the state Department of Environmental Management, and the test results on January 11 were "spectacular... the numbers were incredibly low."


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Posted by: Sam Wells | Jan 11, 2013 22:07

Many years ago the town blamed all the cottage owners for their leaking septic systems, which had to be upgraded.  The town even hired a geographic information system intern and expert to find them all, some homeowners were fines, and so forth.  Now it seems that it was the town's sewer system that was leaking the whole time.  Sure there may have been some leaky old septic systems, but reading from afar, the repetition of leaks over the years and most recently speaks volumes to me.  It seems like Block Island needs to hire the company with big trucks that use cables and hoses to inspect all those pipes.  You might be surprised, our little coastal town did that and found crushed pipes that were so old they were made of clay.  I wish the town luck and hope that the lines can be inspected and repaired before Memorial Day.

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Posted by: Gilbert Leo Wells | Jan 21, 2013 13:48

I'm with Sam.


Gilbert Wells

Azenhas do Mar, Portugal

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