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Recreational Water and Public Beaches

December 5, 2022 10:42 AM

Current Alerts/Advisories

Water Contact Alerts Currently in Effect: 

Due to a sanitary sewer overflow, a Water Contact Alert is in effect until further notice for Parks Run and lower Beaverdam Run in Cockeysville.


Beach Area Closures:


Water Quality Advisories Currently in Effect:

A water quality advisory is in effect for the upper portion of the tidal Back River in the vicinity of Cox’s Point Park.

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.

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Drumcastle Government Center
6401 York Road, Third Floor
Baltimore, Maryland 21212


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