River closed to clamming likely to reopen soon



DEPARTMENT OF MARINE RESOURCES MAP

ELLSWORTH — The Department of Marine Resources (DMR) closed a section of the Jordan River between Trenton and Lamoine to shellfish harvesting late last month after what the deparatment said was “the identification of a pollution point source.”

Pam Parker, water enforcement manager with the Maine Department of Environment Protection, said on Tuesday that the problem has been resolved and that she expects the river to be reopened to clamming soon, although exactly when that happens will be up to DMR.

The closed area includes flats along both the east and west shores of the Jordan River. On the west side, the northern boundary of the closed area is where Crippens Brook flows into the river. The closed area extends south for about 725 yards.

“We got a complaint regarding a septage hauling business that backs up against the river,” Parker said. “We investigated and didn’t find anything significant, though there was probably a minor discharge, which the owner has alleviated.”

Parker said the business, which she didn’t identify, is on the Trenton side of the river. The septic business in that area is Action Septic Services.

“It was a potential issue that could have been awful, but it wound up not really being awful, and now it’s been fixed,” Parker said.

Dick Broom

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Dick Broom covers the towns of Mount Desert and Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island High School and the school system board and superintendent's office. He enjoys hiking with his golden retriever and finding new places for her to swim. [email protected]