THE LATEST FROM THE MARYLAND DEPARTMENT OF THE ENVIRONMENT
MARYLAND BEACH CONDITIONS – IN THE PALM OF YOUR HAND
Any time, any place, up-to-date beach information is just a few taps away with the new Maryland Healthy Beaches smartphone app.
The app – available for free – provides information on conditions at your favorite Maryland beaches. The app is now available for Android at Google Play and is coming soon for iPhone at the App Store.
The status of Maryland’s swimming beaches is also posted on the Maryland Healthy Beaches websiteon the Current Conditionspage.The site includes a revised interactive map with color coding to show any health-based advisories for a particular beach.
The web site also includes daily updates on rainfall for beaches. You should avoid swimming in natural waters within 48 hours of a heavy rain event because potentially harmful bacteria concentrations might rise due to polluted stormwater runoff.
You can sign up for email alerts and, new this year, a text messaging system to let you know if your favorite beach has a notification.
The website also provides tips on staying healthy at the beach.
MDE works with local health departments to make sure water quality is monitored. When water quality samples collected from a beach area do not meet state and federal water quality criteria, an advisory is posted. MDE sets water quality standards and…
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The Chesapeake Bay Trust, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, and the Maryland Department of the Environment welcome requests for the Watershed Assistance – Two-Year Milestone Support grant program. This program will support design assistance, watershed planning and programmatic development associated with protection and restoration programs and projects that lead to improved water quality in the Maryland portion of the Chesapeake Bay watershed, the Maryland portion of the Youghiogheny watershed, and the Maryland Coastal Bays.
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MDE works with local health departments to make sure water quality is monitored at beaches. When water quality samples do not meet water quality criteria, an advisory is posted. In Maryland the designated beach season is from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
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