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Marley, Furnace and Rock Creeks

Marley Creek, Furnace Creek and Rock Creek (from the headwaters to Valley Road, Wall Cove and White Cove)

From 2008 to 2012, Furnace Creek and Marley Creek in Glen Burnie and a section of Rock Creek (from its headwaters to Valley Road, Wall Cove and White's Cove) in Pasadena had limited use advisories against swimming and other direct water contact due to possible health risks from the sampled creeks' inconsistent and inconclusive bacteria levels. There was no restriction on fishing, crabbing or general boating activities.

In 2013, the Recreational Water Quality Monitoring Program discontinued sampling the creeks outside of designated bathing beaches. The Department of Health maintains the following healthy swimming warning: Natural water bodies can contain bacteria, viruses or other harmful microorganisms. Common problems associated with swimming in contaminated water are ear, eye and skin infections. Diarrhea and other water-related illnesses can occur from accidentally swallowing contaminated water. Disease-causing microorganisms can also enter the body through cuts and scrapes. See Fact Sheets on Recreational Water Illnesses.

For more information, call the Recreational Water Quality Monitoring Program at 410-222-7241.