Army reports 3,000 gallon sewage overflow into Bush River tributary

Extreme rainfall, totaling two inches in 24-hours, caused a sewage overflow Thursday at the wastewater treatment plant at the Edgewood Area of Aberdeen Proving Ground, the Army said Friday.

An estimated 3,000 gallons of partially treated sewage overflowed from the secondary clarifier tanks at the plant and flowed into King's Creek and the Bush River, according to a media release form the APG Public Affairs Office. Bush River flows into the Chesapeake Bay.

Lime was applied to the affected area and signs were posted indicating "No Fishing, No Crabbing, No shellfish harvesting, No Swimming, in the area until further notice," the Army said. Experts from APG's Edgewood area continue to monitor the affected area in case any further treatment is needed.

The Harford County Department of Health and the Maryland Department of the Environment were notified of the event, according to the Army media release.

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