ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH ORDERS EMERGENCY CLOSING FOR BOYDS COVE IN ANNAPOLIS:
Warns Against Swimming and Other Direct Water Contact
The Anne Arundel County Department of Health has ordered an emergency closing and warns against swimming and other direct water contact in Boyds Cove, off of the South River in Annapolis, Maryland. The closing is due to a 17,000 gallon sewage overflow on July 25, 2020, from a 10″ force main located at 298 Cape St. John Road. According to the County Department of Public Works, 6,000 gallons was recovered with the remaining 11,000 gallons entering a storm drain and discharging directly into Rams Branch (headwaters of Boyds Cove).
The closure is for Boyds Cove; but as a precaution, the Department of Health also posted warning signs at the Cape St. John Community Beach on the South River. Water samples collected on July 27 from Cape St. John Community Beach showed that the beach water was acceptable for swimming, and the warning signs were removed. The Boyds Cove closing will remain in effect until August 1, 2020.
People coming in contact with the affected water are advised to wash well with soap and warm water immediately. Clothing should also be washed.
Subscribers to the Department’s Water Quality Email Alerts http://dev.aahealth.org/health-alert/ will receive email notifying them when county waterways are closed. Alerts can also be received by following the Department of Health on Twitter at www.twitter.com/aahealth_water.