Link to DEM Home Page Link to State of RI web site RIDEM graphical banner, showing land and water scene
Navigation button, HomeNavigation button, ProgramsNavigation button, TopicsNavigation button, MapsNavigation button, PublicationsNavigation button, NewsNavigation button, EventsNavigation button, SearchNavigation button, HelpNavigation button, Contact
Home > News > Archive > News Item
Spacer gif
 


News Release

RI Department of Environmental Management
235 Promenade St., Providence, RI 02908
(401) 222-2771 TDD/(401) 222-4462


For Release:

February 24, 2000

Contact:

Gail Mastrati 222-4700 ext. 2402
Stephanie Powell 222-4700 ext. 4418

MILL GUT CLOSED TO SHELLFISHING UNTIL SUNRISE FEBRUARY 29

PROVIDENCE - The Department of Environmental Management has closed the waters of Mill Gut in Bristol to shellfishing until sunrise February 29. The closure encompasses all of the waters south of the bridge at Colt Drive.

The closure is due to a break in a sewer line that serves the maintenance building at Colt State Park. The break occurred on the shore at the mouth of Mill Gut. The amount of sewage that may have leaked from the line is unknown, but the building is not heavily utilized, and the flow entering the line was, therefore, low. Park workers discovered the break Wednesday, and DEM enforcement officers remained at Mill Gut throughout the day today to advise shellfishermen that the area was closed. Upon discovery of the break, DEM also took immediate steps to close down the maintenance building. The building will remain closed until the sewer line is repaired.

DEM took water samples from the area today, and will resample the area again tomorrow. The results of these samples are expected by Monday, February 28. At that point, DEM will determine whether there is any need to extend the closure beyond the 29th.


For General Information 222-6800 • After Hours Emergencies 222-3070 • Disclaimer