Bacteria Testing Application

Bacteria Testing Program

When your community joins the Arundel Rivers Federation’s bacteria testing program, we will monitor microbial water quality at your waterfront recreational area. For a nominal cost per community, the Federation will provide weekly data on water safety for your members and their children. This program monitors Enterococci, fecal bacteria from mammal and bird waste that provide a reliable indicator of contamination in swimming and recreational waters.

Further information about the program can be found here.

Samples are collected weekly, on Wednesdays, between 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. at your waterfront area by a trained Arundel Rivers Federation representative. If you do not specify the sampling location, Federation staff will use their best judgement to sample your waterfront. The Federation will email your designated representative with results by Friday morning. If the analysis detects Enterococci counts greater than 104cfu/100 ml, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends avoiding water contact. Each week, data will also be posted on the Federation website, Facebook page, and the free Swim Guide App.

Citizen Scientist Discount

If you or a neighbor would like to become a citizen scientist for your community, we will arrange a training session to orient you to sampling protocol. The volunteer(s) will be responsible for collecting and delivering samples to the Federation office or designated field station (TBD) by 12pm each Wednesday. For your participation, your community will receive a $25 discount.

The testing cost is still only $475 for 15 samples collected from May 26th through September 1st, 2021.

Please fill out the below form by May 21, 2021. 

Your prompt action will help protect your community. Knowledge is power for a swimmable, fishable South River!

Mail checks to Arundel Rivers Federation at 2822 Solomons Island Road, Ste 202. Edgewater, MD 21037.  Write Bacteria Testing in the memo line.  You can also pay on our website online here. Write Bacteria Testing in the “Additional Comments” box.


Bacteria Testing


  • What community is being tested? If you are an individual, please write self.
  • This is the person who will be the point of contact for the Federation regarding the bacteria testing.
  • Please put in the street address where the volunteer should park.
  • Please provide a detailed description of the testing site location (dock, beach etc.) Please provide any codes or location of keys for any gates. If the location is not immediately at the street address, please provide walking directions. For example, walk across the field toward the water, the community dock has 5-7 boats and is on the right side of the pavilion. If this is your first year participating, please also email a map of the location to [email protected].
  • Citizen Scientist Discount

  • If you are interested in getting a reduced rate by collecting and delivering your own samples to the lab, fill out this section.



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The Federation is effective because of the people who live,
work and play on the South, West, and Rhode Rivers.