January 4, 2021

Emergency closure to: All the waters of St. George Creek, St. Mary’s River upstream

The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) has determined by appropriate investigation in the area described below that these waters are polluted so that shellfish produced or stored in this area are a hazard to public health. Therefore, pursuant to the Annotated Code of Maryland, Natural Resources Article § 4-742 (1990 Volume), MDE hereby reclassifies the area described below asrestricted for the harvesting of shellfish effective immediately.

ST. GEORGE CREEK, ST. MARY’S RIVER, ST. MARY’S COUNTY

Due to a sewage spill that occurred on December 31, 2020, the Department has issued an emergency closure to: All the waters of St. George Creek, St. Mary’s River upstream of a line extending in a northeasterly direction from Ball Point on St. George Island to Cherryfield Point on the opposite shore and downstream of a line extending in a northeasterly direction from the easterly tip of Hodgson Point (38’09’07.5″ North Latitude, 76’30’26.0” West Longitude) to a point of land on the south end of Streams End Point (38’09’16.5″ North Latitude, 76’30’15.2” West Longitude) then continuing in a southwesterly direction to a point of land on the eastern shore of Schoolhouse Branch (38’09’10.6″ North Latitude, 76’29’58.3” West Longitude) on the opposite shore.

The closure is necessary to protect public health and will remain in effect until January 21, 2021.

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Press Release

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