Avoid swimming in coastal waters after rain as bacteria levels rise
Published - 10/05/15 - 02:06 PM | 4653 views | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Department of Environmental Health has issued a general rain advisory for the coastal waters of San Diego County due to recent rainfall. Swimmers, surfers, and other ocean users are warned that levels of bacteria can rise significantly in the Pacific Ocean and Mission Bay waters, especially near storm drains, creeks, rivers, and lagoon outlets that discharge urban runoff.

Urban runoff may contain large amounts of bacteria from a variety of sources such as animal waste, soil, and decomposing vegetation. While many coastal storm drains within San Diego County are permanently posted with white metal warning signs, additional temporary warning signs are not posted for general advisories.

Activities such as swimming, surfing and diving should be avoided in all coastal waters for 72 hours following rain. This includes all coastal beaches and all of Mission Bay and San Diego Bay. Elevated bacteria levels can persist after a rainstorm depending upon the intensity of the storm, volume of runoff and ocean and current conditions. 

Tijuana Slough

The Department of Environmental Health has issued a water contact closure for the ocean shoreline at the Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge and Border Field State Park due to sewage-contaminated flows from the Tijuana River entering the United States. The closure area includes the beach-line from the south end of Seacoast Drive to the international border. Signs will remain in place until sample results indicate the ocean water is safe for recreational use.

For updates on beach closure information, visit www.sdbeachinfo.com or call the 24-hour hotline at (619) 338-2073.
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