(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—Anne Arundel County Department of Health has issued a "Preemptive Advisory" in effect for June 7-9 cautioning that all county beaches are under a no swimming/no direct water contact advisory for at least 48 hours due to predicted elevated bacteria levels from rainwater runoff and increased health risks.
The advisory can be found here.
Following the county no-swimming warning, Chesapeake Bay Foundation Maryland Executive Director Alison Prost issued this statement:
"It's unfortunate that runoff from storms, and the pollution it carries, can disrupt our weekend plans. We commend the county council for recently approving funding dedicated solely to addressing this problem. Gradually, we can reduce this pollution, and once again make our waters safe enough for swimming, kayaking, and other recreation. The amount of that funding will help determine how soon we can swim care free.
"We also remind residents that we all are part of this problem, and we all can be part of the solution, whether by picking up after our pets, inspecting our septic systems regularly, or understanding that a 'rain tax' serves a critical purpose. "
Editor's Note: The county conducts bacteria monitoring tests each Wednesday for public beaches around the county. Those results can be found here. As of Friday afternoon at 2 pm the results for this week for some reason had not been posted by the county, but the previous week had found unsafe levels of bacteria at two test sites at Sandy Point State Park, among other locations. However, since these tests are conducted on Wednesday, they generally are dated for predicting weekend water quality. The county issued a "Preemptive Advisory" for this weekend, expecting high bacteria readings from the tropical front associated with Andrea. Monitoring at private swim areas also is done by Anne Arundel Community College students and faculty for the Severn and Magothy rivers. Those results can be found here. South River bacteria results can be found here and Rhode/West river results here.