Photo by Andrea Swayne
Photo by Andrea Swayne

Date: January 5, 2016

Time: 2:30 p.m.

RAIN ADVISORY IN EFFECT
The Environmental Health staff advises swimmers that levels of bacteria can rise significantly in ocean and bay waters adjacent to storm drains, creeks and rivers during and after rainstorms. The elevated levels of bacteria can continue for a period of at least 3 days depending upon the intensity of the rain and the volume of the runoff. Swimmers should avoid coastal waters impacted by discharging storm drains, creeks and rivers and beach users should avoid contact with any runoff on the beach during dry or wet weather conditions.

Closure and Posted Warning Status Report

Closures:
Until further notice in Laguna Beach, the ocean water area 500 feet upcoast and 500 feet downcoast of the projection of Bluebird Canyon Drive is closed to swimming, surfing, and diving due to a sewage spill.

Posted Warnings:
Bacterial levels in ocean and bay recreational waters exceed health standards at the following locations the last time they were tested:

Dana Point

  • From the Dana Point Harbor breakwater to 300 feet downcoast of the Dana Point Harbor breakwater at Doheny State Beach.

Long Term Postings due to Possible Urban Runoff Impacts

Newport Bay

  • Harbor Tower Marina at Pacific Coast Highway and Newport Blvd.

Posted Advisory Warnings
Bacterial levels at outlets where urban runoff mixes with ocean receiving waters exceeded health standards at the following locations the last time they were tested:

Laguna Beach

  •  75 feet upcoast and 75 feet downcoast of the Blue Lagoon drain at the south end of Victoria Beach.
  •  75 feet upcoast and 75 feet downcoast of the Pearl Street drain between Pearl and Agate Street.

Beach goers should avoid contact with ocean and bay waters in these areas.

The Environmental Health staff advises swimmers that levels of bacteria can rise significantly in ocean and bay waters adjacent to storm drains, creeks and rivers. Swimmers should avoid coastal waters impacted by discharging storm drains, creeks and rivers and beach users should avoid contact with any runoff on the beach during dry or wet weather conditions.

If you would like to report a bather illness, please call 714.433.6280 during business hours which are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. To report a sewage spill, please call 714.433.6419 during business hours or 714.628.7008 after business hours. For questions, call 714.433.6280 during business hours or log on to www.ocbeachinfo.com.

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