Operation Clearwater – Water Quality Report as of 8/26/20


There is only one week left of sampling.

All sites had low bacteria levels except Southaven on the South River. It rained briefly Thursday evening and is forecasted to rain on Saturday, so we predict increased bacteria levels afterwards. Anne Arundel County has a 48 hour no swimming guidance of water ways after a rain event. Rain washes pollutants from the surrounding watershed into the waterways and may increase bacteria levels of the water.

On Wednesday, August 26th, Arundel Rivers Federation volunteers collected water samples at the locations listed on the chart. All samples were analyzed at a local laboratory. The acceptable concentration of Enterococci bacteria for swimming and other direct water contact is less than 104 (cfu) colony forming units/100ml.

Have a safe and fun weekend,
Jesse Iliff, South, West and Rhode Riverkeeper