Operation Clearwater – Water Quality as of 6/3/20


All the beaches exhibited bacteria levels that were well within acceptable levels for recreational water activities.

However, please keep in mind that samples were collected on Wednesday, prior to Thursday’s heavy rain and bacteria rates may be higher than displayed. The rain washes pollutants from the surrounding watershed into the waterways and may increase bacteria levels of the water.

Anne Arundel County has a 48 hour no swimming guidance of water ways after a rain event.

On Wednesday, June 3rd, Arundel Rivers Federation staff collected water samples at the locations listed on the chart. Feces from geese and dogs, as well as leaky septic tanks are the top contributors to high bacteria results.

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 wonderful weekend,
Jesse Iliff, South, West and Rhode Riverkeeper

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