Virginia Department of Health Reopens a Portion of The James River to Shellfish Harvesting

March 6, 2019

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(RICHMOND, Va.) – The Virginia Department of Health announced today that the portion of the James River closed to shellfish harvesting on February 26 due to flooding was reopened effective Wednesday March 6, 2019.  The VDH Division of Shellfish Safety has monitored water quality in the river since the flooding occurred, and sample results confirm that the area is now safe to reopen for harvesting.

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