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A note from those who have reported problems after cutting yourself on barnacles, barnacles have lots of bad bacteria in them. You should use gloves when scraping them to protect yourself. I suspect the problems were more due to the barnacles than the water.

We swim in waters away from marinas and have for years without getting sick or suffering sores, etc. Lots of time, we are floating off the back of raftups and around our anchored boat. We spend mst of our time in waters north of the Bay Bridge including the Magothy, Swan Creek, Worton (outside anchorage) and sometimes Fairlee. The jellies force us out when they come.
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Well after reading this thread I guess I'll never jump back into the water at the marina to check the prop. People go kayaking all the time here at Salt Ponds in Hampton. Never heard of anyone getting sick.
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Rumor has it that before the white man 'discovered' Chesapeake Bay it was as clear as a bell from all of the filter feeders, oysters and such, that were there. By 1900 something the oyster crop was over harvested and now crabs are the popular seafood. Ya gotta wonder what the next marketing trend in Chessy seafood delights will be.
That said, I was in the water just below the Bay Bridge this spring and it seemed quite nice away from land while dragging behind the boat with the spnnaker up. That was out near Bloody Point.
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I think it really depends on where you are. Where I grew up in Virginia Beach, the water is relatively clear as it is near the mouth of the bay ... but even there, can you be sure that those supertankers moored in waiting are not dumping? Where we live now, on the Severn River, a LOT of people swim. Kids swim. Pets swim. I'll go in but I don't think it's terribly clean. It's questionable. Probably better out in the open bay (vs. the tributaries). Be sure to shower afterwards. With the heat we've been having ... I haven't cared as much about the unknown.

See this recent article in the Washington Post "That repulsive unflushed toilet? Better to swim in it than in the Chesapeake Bay" (might require free login):
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I found this article to be kinda anecdotal and not that factual.
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Just check out the Maryland EPA website for toxic / polluted areas of the bay - cyanobacteria, oocysts, toxic algae blooms, etc.

..... and just remember that just about EVERY drop of water that enters the Chesapeake has probably already passed through 'numerous' human bodies by the time it gets to the bay. The City of Baltimore STILL dumps millions and millions of gallons of raw sewage into the bay every time the Back Creek treatment plant get overwhelmed by storm water.

I ALWAYS shower immediately after swimming in the bay. I dont swim in the bay whenever I have an open sore or cut, etc. .... had too too many 'infections' from swimming there when I had 'cuts', etc.
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My kid goes to school, my wife goes to the mall, I go to the movies; all great places to get exposed to something. Some is luck. Some is immune system differences. Some is washing hands.

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Has anyone tried a Boat Pool?

Like this one, called Nettle Net?
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The bay in general is pretty nasty IMO. A friend of mine got a bacterial infection diving on his boat, ate some skin off his leg but he was fine. Last year I dove on my boat in a swimsuit, this year I have a wet suit.

I personally feel that the deeper areas have a little less nastiness than the shallows by the docks. Plus, people put strange things in the water near docks and land.

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Just how exactly does a wet suit help prevent/reduce bacterial infection?
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Like this one, called Nettle Net?
A friend of mine had one. He said it goes oblong if there's any kind of current. He only mentioned ever using it once.
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Cool Is Your Swimming Spot Dirtier Than a Toilet?

Is Your Swimming Spot Dirtier Than a Toilet? |

Oh its pretty dirty alright.
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