State limits fishing in bay, Patapsco

July 17, 1996

A torrent of storm water that coursed through Central Maryland as Tropical Storm Bertha moved up the coast has forced the state to prohibit fishing for shellfish in the Patapsco River and parts of the Chesapeake Bay.

When Bertha hit the Baltimore area Saturday, heavy rainfall caused storm water runoff greater than the capacity of the Patapsco Wastewater Treatment Plant. The plant discharged more than 300 million gallons of inadequately treated wastewater into the Patapsco River late Saturday and early Sunday, the Maryland Department of the Environment said.

The closure, which covers an area from North Point to south of Bodkin Creek, does not affect crabbing. The main affect is on clams, because oysters cannot be harvested in July.

The waters will be reopened at the discretion of the environment department. Information: (410) 974-2248.

Pub Date: 7/17/96

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