Bacteria levels close beaches at Genesee Valley, Oregon Ridge and Beaver Dam

Health officials say spike in bacteria count caused by heavy rainfall

July 03, 2013|By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun

Three Baltimore County beaches are closed after health officials determined that the level of bacteria there makes swimming unsafe.

Officials said Wednesday that Genesee Valley Outdoor Learning Center (Upper Pond), Oregon Ridge Park Beach and Beaver Dam Swim Club Beach have unsafe levels of bacteria. The high levels of bacteria were caused by the region's unusual amount of rainfall in recent weeks, they said.

The beaches will re-open when testing shows it is safe, they said.

For information on water testing in the county, visit

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