BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland environmental officials are warning the public to avoid waters of the Chesapeake Bay and the Patapsco River near the site of a sewage main break.

Shellfish harvesting has also been closed at the mouth of the Patapsco and nearby portions of the bay. The 54-inch main broke Sunday at a Baltimore County pumping station. The line carries about 17 million gallons of sewage a day. Sewage has continued to leak since then, but MDE spokesman Jay Apperson says crews were expected to begin pumping sewage around the break Wednesday afternoon.

The department says the area where the break occurred has been closed to shellfish harvesting since the 1960s. The closest area normally open to shellfish harvesting is more than 12 miles from the site of the leak.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (5)
  1. Agenda 21 says:

    Dont worry O’malley and the E.P.A will tax and regulate future “Bowel movements” coming from Maryland citizens in order to correct the problem. Government to the rescue again.

  2. overregulated says:

    The solution to Baltimore’s pollution is to punish the Eastern Shore with 30 years of crippling regulations, thank you Democrats!

  3. smdh says:

    Tee solution is to level Baltimore city and evict everyone there… they are destroying everything they come in contact with… there is no hope for the bay or the farming/eastern shore if that city stays. It is crippling the ecosystem with every million gallon of sewage overflown into the water. they blame chicken farmers and livestock ranchers but dump more raw sewage annually than what is not used in the soil on Farms. Omalley is excommunicating(in a matter of speaking) the farming community and ousting the good folk of the eastern shore in the process blaming pollution on us!!!

  4. BiteMe says:

    catfish r biting on floaters I here

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