Maryland environmental regulators usually warn the public before harvesting or eating polluted Chesapeake Bay oysters or other shellfish. But they failed to do so after a recent sewage leak in Southern Maryland, which sickened at least two dozen people. A record-breaking tide in the bay overwhelmed the sewage system on a small island in St. Mary’s County, causing 25,000 gallons of garbage to spill into a Potomac River tributary on the 28th -30th of Oct.

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