Over 1 Million Gallons of Sewage Spill Into Seekonk River
Save The Bay Calls Incident Setback
POSTED: 8:34 pm EDT June 27, 2005
UPDATED: 9:04 pm EDT June 27, 2005
WARWICK, R.I. -- More than a million gallons of raw sewage seeped into the Seekonk River. It came from a Narragansett Bay Commission facility at Bucklin Point in East Providence, spilling into the Seekonk River for about an hour and a half.
Save the Bay is cautioning swimmers in the upper Narragansett Bay to wait for water test results to come back. Meanwhile, part of the upper bay is off limits to shellfishermen.
"It's unfortunate that it happens now this time of year, especially with Fourth of July coming and all the closures that have been around," said Jody King, who is a shellfisherman. "A lot of guys work up in the area and it's one of our most productive sections of Narragansett Bay."
The commission said the power went out Saturday and for some reason the backup generator did not come on.
"This isn't anything that the people at the plant enjoy," said Paul Nordstrom, of the Narragansett Bay Commission. "They work hard, they take pride in what's going on. This actually frustrates them."
Save the Bay said the incident is a setback, but not catastrophic.
"This clearly was an accident, unlike a lot of these other events where, perhaps, it could've been prevented," said John Torgan, of Save the Bay.
The Bucklin Point facility is undergoing a $60 million upgrade, aimed at preventing situations such as the current one.