Sewage spill closes shellfish beds in Charleston County

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A number of shellfish harvesting beds along the Intercoastal Waterway have been closed after a sewage spill on Sullivan's Island.

According to a release from the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control, the sewage spill occurred at the Sullivan's Island Wastewater Treatment Plant.

"This closure affects portions of the waterway from the Ben Sawyer Bridge northeast to the confluence of Conch Creek," said Mike Pearson, manager of DHEC's Shellfish Sanitation Section. "This area includes all of State Shellfish Ground S217. The closure is only temporary and is the result of elevated bacteria levels associated with the spill."

Pearson says the affected areas will reopen once the water quality and bacteria levels are acceptable for shellfish harvesting.

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