Sewage Overflow Prompts Cox Creek Emergency Closure

Aerial view of Cox Creek Wastewater Reclamation Facility

The Anne Arundel County Health Department has shut down Cox Creek, in Curtis Bay off of the Patapsco River, because of a sewage overflow.

In the midst of Saturday’s heavy rainfall, about 12,500 gallons of sewage overflowed from a storm drain at the Cox Creek Wastewater Reclamation Facility.

The emergency waterway closure means that people should avoid swimming, kayaking, paddleboarding, and other direct water contact, through Sunday July 29. If you do come in contact with the water in Cox Creek, the Health Department advises you wash with soap and warm water immediately.

 A reminder during this rainy week: when it rains half an inch or more, all Anne Arundel County beaches are under a no-swimming advisory for at least 48 hours. That’s because rainwater runoff can caused elevated bacteria levels, and increase health risks.

For more information on the status of the closure, call the Water Quality Line, 410-222-7999, or click here.

-Meg Walburn Viviano