The swimming water bacteria results are in! Due to the recent rain, it is not all good news. Samples were collected on the morning of May 30th following an approximate 0.4" rainfall the night before. Harbor Hills, Pine Wiff, and Selby all yielded bacteria levels beyond what the County and EPA consder safe. Concern arises when bacteria levels are greater than 104 cfu/100 ml. See chart for detailed results.
The Anne Arundel County Health Department advises that after a rainfall, all Anne Arundel County beaches are under a no swimming/no direct water contact advisory for 48 hours due to predicted elevated bacteria levels from rainwater runoff and increased health risks.
Operation Clearwater was started by the Severn River Association and is a collaborative effort with Dr. Sally Hornor, a Professor of Microbiology at Anne Arundel Community College, aimed at providing timely public health information to participating communities and helping to identify times when it may be inadvisable to swim. The South River Federation manages the Operation Clearwater for the South River. The program runs Memorial Day through late August.
Do you want the swimming waters in your community tested? Click here for the South River application.