Health Officials: Stay Out of the Ocean

Recent rains are washing bacteria and other pollutants into storm drains which run to the ocean.

The Pico-Kenter storm drain. Photo courtesy of Heal the Bay.
The Pico-Kenter storm drain. Photo courtesy of Heal the Bay.

County health officials today cautioned beachgoers to stay out of the ocean near discharging storm drains, creeks and rivers due to possible contaminants washed into coastal waters from the recent rainfall.

“Bacteria, debris, trash, and other public health hazards from city streets and mountain areas are likely to enter ocean waters through these outlets,” according to a statement from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

The advisory will be in effect until at least 7a.m. Thursday.

Recorded information on beach conditions is available by calling (800) 525-5662.

--City News Service

Jim Lamm February 04, 2014 at 02:37 PM
Related to this story, Ballona Creek Renaissance (BCR) has a Ballona Creek Cleanup, 9am-noon, this Saturday, February 8, at Centinela Avenue and Milton Street in partnership with Councilman Mike Bonin's Access11 program. For details, waivers, and a flier, go to www.ballonacreek.org. I'm glad to see you up and running! Last week I heard the Westside Patches got shut down. Thanks! Jim Lamm, BCR President
Penny Arévalo February 04, 2014 at 02:42 PM
Well, you know that old adage about the rumors of our death! Thanks for posting. :-)


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