October 1, 2020
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VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH REOPENS A PORTION OF THE BACK CREEK, POQUOSON RIVER, YORK RIVER AND CHESAPEAKE BAY TO SHELLFISH HARVESTING
(RICHMOND, Va.) – The Virginia Department of Health announced today that the portions of Back Creek, Poquoson River, York River and Chesapeake Bay in York County and the City of Poquoson, closed to shellfish harvesting on September 18 due to a release of raw sewage impacting water quality in the area, have reopened effective Friday October 2, 2020. The VDH Division of Shellfish Safety has monitored water quality in the river since the raw sewage release occurred and shellfish sample results confirm that the area is now safe for shellfish harvesting.
For more information on shellfish closures, see the frequently asked questions on shellfish condemnations at http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/environmental-health/environmental-health-services/shellfish-sanitation/frequently-asked-questions/.