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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 4, 2003

Contact: Elaine Makatura
(609) 292-2994

DEP OPENS SHELLFISH BEDS IN MONMOUTH COUNTY

(03/123) TRENTON - The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today announced the reopening of shellfish harvesting in the Raritan Bay and Sandy Hook Bay.

The department closed the areas to harvesting because of degraded water quality resulting from the recent sewage release due to the power blackout.

DEP water samples show no further impacts from the discharges in New Jersey's waters. Samples of shellfish tissue also show that conditions have returned to normal and the waters are now acceptable for harvesting.

All New Jersey waters that were closed in response to the August 14 power outage are now reopened.

 

 

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