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Water Contact Alerts, Water Quality Advisories and Area Closings

Recreational Water and Public Beaches

May 4, 2016 8:37 AM


Current Alerts/Advisories

Water Contact Alerts Currently in Effect: 


Beach Area Closures:


Water Quality Advisories Currently in Effect:

The August 25, 2015 results were above the normal ambient levels; therefore, a Recreational Water Advisory for the Patapsco River Southwest Area Park (Fresh and Tidal) Water Sampling Sites remains in effect. The advisory signs are still posted at the Annapolis Road Bridge and park’s boat ramp locations.

The August 3, 2015 results for the Winters Lane Sanitary Sewer Overflow grab samples were above the normal ambient levels; therefore, a Recreational Water Advisory has been issued for the stream flowing into Dead Run.  Signs are posted in the 600 block of Winters Lane and Johnson Street (ADC 4817 B-4). 

Alert/Advisory Procedures

The Baltimore County Department of Health, Environmental Health Services (EHS) closely monitors and samples beach areas for water quality, posts sampling results, and issues beach closure notices, Water Contact Alerts and Water Quality Advisories.

When recreational water conditions exceed standards and sewage contamination is suspected or evident,sampling will occur and the results will be posted online, Water Contact Alerts are issued or public bathing beaches are closed. Contaminated conditions can be produced by storm water run-off from severe storms, sanitary sewage overflows, or marine accidents. After the storms have passed, local wind and tide conditions can result in the intermittent re-intensification of those conditions for extended periods in tidal waters. When water quality parameters are generally elevated or abnormal, but no sewage contamination is present, a Water Quality Advisory will be issued.

Recreational water users are reminded:

  • Be observant for cloudy or discolored water in streams, rivers, or the bay, and of waters that are laden with debris. Water quality may have been negatively impacted.

  • Do not drink stream water.

  • Avoid contact with potentially contaminated water if you have open cuts or bandaged wounds. If accidental contact with contaminated water occurs, wash any damaged skin areas as soon as possible.

  • Minimize hand to mouth contact and be sure to wash your hands thoroughly before eating.


Revised April 6, 2016        

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