Sewer overflow closes Onset Bay beaches

Division of Marine Fisheries shuts down shellfishing too

Onset Bay beaches are closed to swimming due to a sewer flow on Independence Lane around 10:30 a.m. Monday morning. According to a release from the Wareham Harbormaster, an "undetermined" amount of material was released through a manhole cover and entered the bay through an adjacent storm drain.

In response to the incident, the Wareham Health Department ordered the closing of all Onset Bay beaches to bathing including Sunset Cove, Agawam Beach, Shell Point Bay, Onset Beach, East River, Broad Cove and Muddy Cove.

In addition to bathing, the Division of Marine Fisheries has ordered that all shellfishing cease. This, according to the harbormaster's release includes Onset Bay, Sunset Cove, Shell Point Bay, Wickets and Onset Island and Sias Point (southwest facing side).

All closures will remain in place until further notice.

Questions may be directed to Wareham Harbormaster Garry Buckminster at 508-291-3100 ext. 3186.

(Work crews used pumps to clean up the scene on Independence Lane Monday morning. Photo by David G. Curran.) welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on