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Swimming, fishing advisory lifted for Oleta River area

A swimming and fishing advisory affecting the Oleta River area in North Miami has been lifted.

The ban had been only partially reduced as of last week in certain areas where millions of gallons of partially treated sewage had spilled. Heavy rainfall had triggered a pump station at the North District Wastewater Treatment Plant in North Miami to flood on Feb. 28.

“The initial estimate was 5 million gallons, but was revised based on additional information at the plant,” said Jennifer Messemer, spokeswoman for the county’s Water and Sewer Department. “The correct number is 3.5 million gallons.”

The advisories affected Oleta River and surrounding areas like Maule Lake, the Intracoastal Waterway from the south of the Sunny Isles Boulevard Bridge, north to Dumfoundling Bay.

The Division of Environmental Resources Management (DERM) and The Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County and the Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources (RER), have been testing levels of enterococcus and fecal coliform in “surface grabs” of the polluted waters since the spill. They received “satisfactory results” yesterday after levels of the bacteria fell within allowable range of “bacteriological water quality criteria” for two consistent days.