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Sampling initiative in Baltimore's Inner Harbor aims to answer the question, 'How's the water, hon?'

Sampling initiative in Baltimore's Inner Harbor aims to answer the question, 'How's the water, hon?'

As a rule of thumb, it’s not safe to swim in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Even a splash could make you sick.

But a new water quality tool could show that some times are safer than others for fishing, kayaking or dragon boat racing.

For a decade now, local water quality advocates have been collecting samples from around the Patapsco River and sending them out for bacterial testing. About two weeks later, they’d get results that would get factored into annual water quality report cards.

Now, Blue Water Baltimore, a group that monitors and advocates for the city’s streams, rivers and harbor, has expanded into testing them, too. Samples it collects around the harbor each...

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