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Western part of Oyster Bay Harbor reopened to shellfishing

The western section of Oyster Bay Harbor has been reopened to shellfish harvesting, after being closed nearly two weeks ago after the accidental release of partially treated sewage from the Oyster Bay Sewer District, the state Department of Environmental Conservation announced Thursday.

The reopened area lies west of "a line extending southerly from Brickyard Point (Centre Island) to the landward end of the rock jetty located approximately 100 feet east of the boat launching ramps in Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park," the DEC said in a release.

The ban is still in effect for 800 acres in the eastern part of Oyster Bay Harbor, where samples for testing are to be collected on Monday, said the DEC, which has already reopened 3,000 acres of Cold Spring Harbor, based on an analysis that showed hazardous conditions for consumers no longer existed.

State and Nassau County officials closed the waters and six North Shore beaches on May 23 after a malfunction at the wastewater treatment plant sent about 125,000 gallons of partially treated sewage and sludge into Oyster Bay Harbor. All beaches were reopened by Memorial Day.

A recorded message on temporary shellfish closures may be heard at 631-444-0480 or call the DEC marine resources office at 631-444-0492 or the DEC website for details.

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