The Department of Health discourages swimming, kayaking, and paddleboarding in affected waters

Marylanders heading out on vacation this Memorial Day weekend will want to take heed of public safety warnings placed on three state beaches. On Sunday, the Anne Arundel County Department of Health issued advisories for Elizabeths Landing, Lombardee Beach, and Sunset Beach on Stoney Creek following a wastewater spill that occurred last Saturday.

The press release warns against swimming, kayaking, paddleboarding, and any recreational activity involving close contact with the water. Signage has been placed to direct visitors away from the affected areas until it is safe.

The 6,500-gallon spill occurred from a force main break on Nabbs Creek Road on Saturday evening in Glen Burnie, Maryland. Officials will be collecting samples of the water to determine when its condition is appropriate for human contact. Tests take at least two days to process, according to the county's website.

Authorities say the advisory will be lifted once the conditions of the water improve, which is a decision that will be made by the Environmental Protection Agency and state and local government. Even without a foreign contaminant, natural water sources on their own host a variety of bacteria and viruses that can cause infections like Vibriosis, so it's always good to protect yourself. 

Should you come into contact with the contaminated water, the agency has recommended thorough washing with warm water and soap, including clothing. You can visit the Department of Health's website for more information on the advisories. We hope you have a happy and healthy Memorial Day weekend. Stay safe, everyone!

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