Due to the heavy rain that blanketed the region on Monday, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced on Tuesday it has designated the Town of Southampton as temporarily closed to shellfishing. That includes all of Sag Harbor and its tributaries, including upper Sag Harbor Cove, west of the northbound lands of the Lance Corporal Jordan Haerter Veterans Memorial Bridge, all of Cold Spring Pond, Sebonac Creek, Wooley Pond, North Sea Harbor, Noyac Creek, Mill Creek and Shinnecock Bay, lying east of the northbound lanes of the Ponquogue Bridge.
This precautionary action was taken to protect public health following the localized but intense rainfall event on Monday afternoon. Extraordinary volumes of stormwater runoff carry bacteria and viruses into the creeks, coves, harbors and bays and may cause shellfish in the affected areas to be hazardous for use as food. Rainfall was measured in excess of three inches in the affected area.
The DEC will re-open the areas to shellfishing based on water sampling results.