Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Section of Patapsco River Closed to Swimming and Other Direct Water Contact Due to Sewage Overflows

May 29, 2018

May 29, 2018 – The Anne Arundel County Department of Health has closed a section of the Patapsco River to swimming and other direct water contact due to sewage overflows of more than 1 million gallons from Baltimore and Howard counties​. The closed waterway area is from the Howard County line to the Baltimore City line along River Road, the Patapsco Valley State Park, and Belle Grove Road. 
In Baltimore County, overflows occurred at the Patapsco Sewage Pumping Station, 4612 Annapolis Road in Halethorpe, and the Frederick Road Pumping Station, at 1809 Frederick Road in Catonsville on Sunday, May 27. For details, click here.
In Howard County, an overflow occurred at 4547 Bonnie Branch Road in Ellicott City as a result of a broken main on Monday, May 28 and was stopped around 8:30 p.m. that evening. Stream sampling is being planned for the Howard County area for today, May 29 and beyond as deemed necessary. For questions and general information regarding the circumstances surrounding the overflow, please contact the Howard County Bureau of Utilities at 410-313-4900
Waterway closing signs have been posted. The Department advises people coming in contact with the affected water to wash well with soap and warm water immediately. Clothing should also be washed.  It is also prudent to keep family pets away from the impacted area. 
The closing in Anne Arundel County will be for 30 days until June 28, 2018. For more information on the status of the closing, visit or call the Water Quality Line, 410-222-7999.
Subscribers to the Department’s Recreational Water Quality Email Alerts receive an email notifying them about waterway closings. Alerts can also be received via text messages by following the Department of Health on Twitter at

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