Health Officials Reopen Part of James River to Shellfish

NEWPORT NEWS, VA. – Health officials in Virginia have reopened part of the James River in the Newport News area to shellfish harvesting.

The Virginia Department of Health said Wednesday that the water’s quality has improved to safe levels.

Officials had closed that area of the river late last month because of flooding. Floodwaters can be contaminated with pollutants such as pathogenic bacteria and viruses.

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