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By Andrea Swayne

A sewer spill on Monday has closed portions of Salt Creek County Beach and Monarch Beach in Dana Point to swimming and surfing, Orange County Health Care Agency officials said.

Larry Honeybourne, OC Health Care Agency program manager, said the South Coast Water District reported a 660-gallon spill led to approximately 550 gallons of sewage making its way into the storm drain system which is tributary to Salt Creek and Monarch Beach.

According to Linda Homscheid, SCWD communications officer, the spill was due to a pipeline leak in the sewage collection system.

The Water District was reportedly able to recover about 100 gallons before it reached the drain system.

The outlet is located where Salt Creek County Beach meets Monarch Beach and the closure is effective 300 feet up coast and 300 feet down coast from that point, until further notice.

“We began sampling this morning and must take two consecutive days of samples that meet state standards before reopening the beach,” Honeybourne said. “Therefore, the earliest we can expect the beaches to reopen is Thursday afternoon.”

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comments (6)

  • Any updates available for the Salt Creek spill?

    • Hi Adam, according to the Orange County Health Care Agency, the earliest Salt Creek Beach will be open is Thursday. We will update the story as more information becomes available.

  • Hi. Is baby beach also closed?

  • Doheny is just a little more than 300 ft from the outfall noted in the article/press release (as in miles away)and the opposite direction from the current which is headed north with the south swell. Yet its testing positive according to Surfline? Did they underestimate the size of the spill? Are they picking up another pollution source from the harbor or the creek at Doheny?

  • A biizllion flies on beach at Dana PointBeach-thanks to sewage spill- please check pipes more often- our ocean is pre opus!

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