On August 8, 2018, the Anne Arundel County Department of Health lifted its no-swimming/no direct water contact advisories for Atlantic Marina Resort in Pasadena (issued August 2) and for Bay Ridge Beach at Bay Drive, Chesapeake Bay Foundation Beach, and Sandy Point South Beach in Annapolis and for Beverly Beach in Edgewater (issued August 1). The advisories had been issued due to high bacterial levels found in water sample results for the beaches. The Department’s most recent water samples show bacteria levels at the five beaches to be at acceptable levels that meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency standard.

For the most recent water quality report, click here. The report lists beaches that are tested regularly during the summer as part of the Department’s recreational water quality sampling program.

Reminder: After rainfall of 1/2 inch or more, all Anne Arundel County beaches are under a no swimming/no direct water contact advisory for at least 48 hours due to predicted elevated bacteria levels from rainwater runoff and increased health risks. Do not swim in cloudy, murky water.


If your local community beach has debris, you are advised against swimming and other direct water contact until the debris stops washing ashore, a cleanup has been done and the water has cleared. More Information: Beaches and Debris Cleanup Safety

Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh has announced that the County Department of Public Works (DPW) will assist in cleaning debris off community beaches as a result of the recent Conowingo Dam release. DPW is assessing private beaches and will contact communities to schedule the drop-off and retrieval of dumpsters. Communities with private, bayfront beaches can request an assessment from DPW by calling 410-222-7321 or emailing