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DEM Announces Precautionary Closure of Point Judith Pond to Shellfishing Due to Potential High Bacterial Counts. Closure Takes Effect Immediately.

PROVIDENCE The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is announcing that effective at noon today, Monday, October 28, and until further notice, all waters of Point Judith Pond are closed to shellfishing. The line separating Point Judith Pond and Potters Pond is from the southern end of Gooseberry Road to the northern end of Succotash Road in South Kingstown.

DEM is enacting this precautionary closure due to the intense storm yesterday that brought over 2.5 inches of rainfall to the area. Available data indicate that it is likely that bacteria levels in Point Judith water samples will exceed levels safe for shellfish consumption.

DEM is scheduled to collect water samples today with results available late Wednesday and will update this announcement once acceptable bacteria results are obtained.

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  • Release date: 10-28-2019

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