The Louisiana Department of Health announced today the reopening of oyster harvesting Area 1. The decision came after two consecutive lab tests show that the water in Area 1 is safe.

Oyster harvest Area 1 is on the east side of the Mississippi River, in Orleans and St. Bernard parishes. LDH closed Area 1 May 14, 2011 as a precautionary measure, due to freshwater intrusion from the opening of the Bonnet Carre Spillway during this spring's Mississippi River flooding.

LDH Secretary Bruce D. Greenstein and State Health Officer Dr. Jimmy Guidry signed the order this week to reopen Area 1, which will take effect a half an hour before sunrise Oct. 29. The oyster season on public seed grounds remains closed.  

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