DHEC closes shellfish harvesting beds in Charleston Co.

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- The South Carolina Department of health and Environmental Control closed shellfish harvesting beds in the creeks of Charleston County because of a sewage spill, the agency announced Monday.

"This closure affects portions of the Stono River from its confluence with Abbapoola Creek to Younges Island," said Mike Pearson, manager of DHEC's Shellfish Sanitation Section. "The closure is only temporary and is the result of potentially elevated bacteria levels associated with the accidental breakage of a sewage line, that has since been repaired. The affected areas will reopen once water quality data indicate the bacteria levels are acceptable for shellfish harvesting."

For more information on clam and oyster harvesting in Charleston County, you can call DHEC's Lowcountry Environmental Quality Control Office at (843) 953-0150.