Operation Clearwater – Water Quality as of 6/12

We had very little precipitation this past week so enjoy the water this weekend before the rain starts on Monday!

On Wednesday, June 12th, Arundel Rivers Federation staff and volunteers collected water samples at the locations on the chart. The data from Wednesday shows low bacteria levels, however the rain from yesterday has probably increased the count. Be careful if you plan to spend your weekend out on the South River! Enjoy your activities this weekend and stay safe!


Feces from waterfowl and dogs, as well as leaky septic tanks are the top contributors to high bacteria results. Our staff and volunteers found minimal amount of feces at all the beaches tested, which would in part explain the low bacteria levels this week.

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

Have a safe and wonderful weekend,

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


Sarah Giordano

Environmental Scientist

Arundel Rivers Federation

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Arundel Rivers Federation was formed in January 2019 due to the combination of South River Federation and West & Rhode Riverkeeper.