West/Rhode Riverkeeper Says Bacteria Numbers Very High at Eight South County Beach Sites
The West/Rhode Riverkeeper conducted their weekly bacteria monitoring efforts this week and found disturbingly high bacteria counts at a number of locations. For full information, visit the West/Rhode Riverkeeper website.
The following locations exceeded elevated levels in a big way:
- Elevated < 104 cfu/100ml
- Camp Letts: 1764 cfu/100ml
- Whitemarsh: 2144 cfu/100ml
- Cadle Creek: 1094 cfu/100ml
- West River Sailing Club: 3170 cfu/100ml
- Westerlee: 3512 cfu/100ml
- Avalon Shores: 5700 cfu/100ml
- West River Methodist: 18316 cfu/100ml
- Galesville: 3648 cfu/100ml
Earlier this week, the Anne Arundel County Department of Health closed beaches in Londontown and Beverly Beach. Read about those closures here.
If you come into contact with the water, wash the affected area with soap and water immediately. Wash clothing as well.
Many factors can affect water quality. Rainfall, water temperature and tidal action can all cause high bacteria readings. Rainfall causes runoff, when the fast slough of rainwater washes away everything on the ground into the closest waterway.
Local riverkeepers are keen on helping you to help your closest waterway. Contact the West/Rhode Riverkeeper or the South River Federation for information. To learn more about the county government’s water quality testing program, visit www.aahealth.org/beach or call the Water Quality Line, 410-222-7999.