Skip to content

Feb. 13, 2013

Sewage spill closes Charleston County shellfish beds

COLUMBIA, S.C. - The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control has closed shellfish harvesting beds in a portion of the Intracoastal Waterway in Charleston County due to a sewage spill at the Sullivan's Island Wastewater Treatment Plant, the agency announced today.

"This closure affects portions of the waterway from the Ben Sawyer Bridge northeast to the confluence of Conch Creek," said Mike Pearson, manager of DHEC's Shellfish Sanitation Section. "This area includes all of State Shellfish Ground S217. The closure is only temporary and is the result of elevated bacteria levels associated with the spill. The affected areas will reopen once water quality data indicate the bacteria levels are acceptable for shellfish harvesting."

For more information on shellfish harvesting areas in Charleston County, call DHEC's Region 7 Environmental Quality Control office at (843) 953-0160. For information on Georgetown and Horry counties' shellfish harvesting areas, call DHEC's Region 6 EQC office at (843) 238-4378. And for more information on clam and oyster harvesting areas in Beaufort County, call DHEC's Region 8 Environmental Quality Control office at (843) 846-1030.


For media inquiries:
Jim Beasley - (803) 898-7769
Email -