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Department of Health Issues Another Advisory Against Direct Water Contact in Rogue Harbor Branch Near the Little Patuxent River

April 16, 2007 - The Anne Arundel County Department of Health has issued an advisory to avoid wading and other direct water contact in the Rogue Harbor Branch waterway near the Little Patuxent River in Piney Orchard (Rivers Edge Community) due to wastewater overflows that occurred Sunday, April 15 (approximately 500,000 gallons) and Monday, April 16 (90,000 gallons). The overflows, which were reported to the Department of Health today, came from a pumping station operated by the Maryland Environmental Service (MES).

The Department of Health has posted water advisory signs along the affected area of the Branch (between Sandy Walk Way and the Little Patuxent River). The advisory will remain in effect until further notice from the Department of Health. 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.

For more information on the status of the advisory, visit the Department's Web site, , or call the Water Quality Line, 410-222-7999.

Previously, the Department of Health had issued an advisory for Rogue Harbor Branch on April 6, 2007, following a wastewater overflow at the MES pumping station. That advisory was lifted on April 13.

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