Operation Clearwater – Water Quality Report as of 8/28/19

Happy Labor Day Weekend!

All but three of the beaches tested Wednesday, as part of the Operation Clearwater program, were within acceptable limits. Please see the chart below for more details. 

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The beaches at Harbor Hills, Shoreham, and Southdown Shores exhibited elevated bacteria levels. Although we have not had much rain recently, warmer temperatures can sometimes cause bacteria cells to reproduce. However, it looks like we are in for a beautiful, clear, moderate temperature weekend! Just as a reminder, next week will be the last bacteria testing week of the season.

As per Anne Arundel County’s guidance, we recommend waiting 48 hours after a rainstorm before interacting with the water. 

Have a great week and stay safe,

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Jesse Iliff, South Riverkeeper
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Jeff Holland, West/Rhode Riverkeeper

Operation Clearwater – Water Quality Report as of 7/31/19

Hello and Happy Friday!

Our volunteers went out on Wednesday, July 31st, to test the bacteria levels around the watersheds at the sites located in the chart. It was another fantastic week with passing grades at every site except our Church Creek restoration site! However, there has been quite a bit of rain on Thursday and today, which could increase the bacteria levels.

It looks like we will receive some thunderstorms with rain later this weekend. We highly suggest waiting at least 48 hours after a rainstorm to enjoy any activities on the water. Rainwater runoff carries bacteria and other pollutants from land into the water.

Enjoy your week out on the Rivers and remember we count on you to be our eyes and ears on your Creek! Please let us know if you see or smell anything unusual around your community.

Have a wonderful week,

Jesse Iliff, 
South Riverkeeper

Jeff Holland, 
West/Rhode Riverkeeper

Operation Clearwater – Water Quality Report as of 7/24/19

Hello and Happy Weekend!

Our volunteers had beautiful weather on Wednesday, July 24th, when they went out to collect water samples at the locations on the chart. It was a pretty good week with passing grades at almost every site! There has been very little rain again this week and cooler temperatures, which could be contributing to the low bacteria scores.

It looks like we have a pretty clear week ahead of us with possibly very little rain! We still highly suggest waiting at least 48 hours before enjoying any activities on the water. The rain causes runoff that brings in bacteria and other pollutants from land so we suggest residents wait before the bacteria levels drop again.

Because we only visit sites once a week, we count on you to be our eyes and ears on your Creek. Please let us know if you see or smell anything unusual around your community. Enjoy the sunny week we have ahead of us and stay safe out on the South River!

Have a wonderful weekend,

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Jesse Iliff, South Riverkeeper
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Jeff Holland, West/Rhode Riverkeeper

Operation Clearwater – Water Quality Report as of 7/17/19

Hello and Happy Friday!

On Wednesday, July 17th, a couple of trained Arundel Rivers Federation volunteers collected water samples at the locations on the chart. It was a great week with passing grades at every site! There has been very little rain this past week, which could have kept the bacteria levels low.

Although the bacteria levels were low on Wednesday, we did receive a large amount of rain Wednesday evening. We highly suggest waiting at least 48 hours before enjoying any activities on the water, as per Anne Arundel County’s guidance. The rain causes runoff that carries bacteria and other pollutants from land into the water.

Because we only visit sites once a week, we count on you to be our eyes and ears on your Creek. Please let us know if you see or smell anything unusual around your community. Enjoy the sunny week we have ahead of us and stay safe out on the South River!

Have a wonderful week,

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Jesse Iliff,
South Riverkeeper
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Jeff Holland,
West/Rhode Riverkeeper

                                


Operation Clearwater – Water Quality Report as of 7/10/19

On Wednesday, July 10th, a couple of trained Arundel Rivers Federation volunteers collected water samples at the locations on the chart. It looks to be a good week with lower bacteria levels than last week! We recommend not swimming at Glen Isle or Southdown Shores as the bacteria levels at these beaches can be harmful to humans.

Although the bacteria levels were low on Wednesday, we did receive a large amount of rain Thursday evening. The rain causes runoff that washes bacteria and other pollutants from land into the water. As per Anne Arundel County’s guidance, we highly suggest waiting at least 48 hours after a rain event before enjoying any swimming/recreational activities on the water.

Because we only visit sites once a week, we count on you to be our eyes and ears on your Creek. Please let us know if you see or smell anything unusual around your community. Enjoy the sunny week we have ahead of us and stay safe out on the South River!

Have a safe and wonderful weekend,

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Jesse Iliff, South Riverkeeper
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Jeff Holland, West/Rhode Riverkeeper


Operation Clearwater – Water Quality report as of 7/2/19

Hello and Happy Wednesday!

We received our bacteria data just in time for the Holiday weekend! On Tuesday, July 2nd, a couple of trained Arundel Rivers Federation volunteers collected water samples at the locations on the chart. Five of our twelve beaches show higher bacteria levels, in a range that can be harmful to humans.

The hot summer weather may have been part of the reason bacteria levels increased this week. Other reasons, such as goose and pet feces, and sewage leaks are also a cause of higher bacteria levels.

Because we only visit sites once a week, we count on you to be our eyes and ears on your Creek. Please let us know if you see or smell anything unusual around your community. The forecast displays rain for the rest of the week and there is a possibility that bacteria levels will continue to rise. Be cautious if you plan to spend your Fourth of July out on the South River.

Do not forget, Anne Arundel County has a 48 hour no swimming/recreational guidance of water ways after a rain event.

Have a safe and wonderful Fourth of July,

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Jesse Iliff, South Riverkeeper
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Jeff Holland, West/Rhode Riverkeeper

HSIA Special Notice: Holiday Curbside Collection Schedule

Please be advised, the Department of Public Works, Waste Management Services, will observe the following curbside collection schedule and facility operating schedule at the Millersville Landfill and Resource Recovery Facility and the Northern, Central and Southern Recycling Centers in observance of Independence Day.

Holiday Schedule – Independence Day
▪Thur, July 4th – NO Curbside Collection – WMS Facilities Closed
▪Fri, July 5th – Curbside Collection Provided to Thursday Customers & Facilities Open
▪Sat, July 6th – Curbside Collection Provided to Friday Customers & Facilities Open

For more information on recycling and trash services, visit the Department’s web page at www.aacounty.org/departments/public-works/waste-management or call our Customer Service Representatives at 410-222-6100 Monday through Friday between 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. if you have questions.