Avoid Beaches Again, Says County, Including Santa Monica

The County Health Department refuses to blame the recent Hyperion sewage spill for the high bacteria levels

 

August 2, 2021

David Ganezer

Vendors may have a hard time making a living when bacteria levels drive away beachgoers

July 28, 2021 - County health authorities are once again warning residents against going into the water at several Southland beaches, including from the Santa Monica Pier all the way up to Temescal. High bacteria levels measured in these areas are causing the advisory, but officials are reluctant to blame the pollution on the July 11 sewage spill from the Hyperion treatment plant, instead blaming the recent rainfall. Investigations are ongoing into the reasons for the Hyperion spill.

The County Health Department press release is below:

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is cautioning residents who are planning to visit several Los Angeles County beaches near Dockweiler and El Segundo to be careful of swimming, surfing, and playing in ocean waters around discharging storm drains, creeks, and rivers.

Recent special ocean water sampling conducted by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health on Tuesday July 27th determined that several beach areas near the Hyperion plant exceeded state standards for bacteria in water.

Note that no sewage is currently being discharged from the Hyperion plant into the ocean and ocean waters. Bacterial levels often fluctuate from day to day and can be impacted by recent rain events.

Lifeguards have posted yellow advisory signs and the Public Health Beach Water Quality webpage has been updated.

Affected beach areas include:

El Segundo Beach

Grand Avenue storm drain (Near Dockweiler Tower 60)

Dockweiler State Beach

Ballona Creek (Near Dockweiler Tower 40)

Culver Blvd storm drain

Hyperion Plant outfall

Imperial Highway storm drain (Dockweiler Tower 56)

Westchester storm drain

World Way extension

Additionally, Public Health team members have initiated door-to-door outreach to the community impacted by the plant's odors and will continue this activity through Friday.

David Ganezer

A day at the beach isn't quite the same when you can't go into the water

Other beaches also under advisory include the below beach areas. These advisories are very likely due to day-to-day fluctuations in ocean water bacteria levels. At this time, there is no reason to suspect these increases in beach water bacteria are due to the recent sewage discharge at Hyperion.

Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica

Montana Ave. storm drain at Santa Monica Beach (Santa Monica North Tower 8)

Wilshire Bl. storm drain at Santa Monica Beach (Santa Monica North Tower 12)

Temescal Canyon storm drain at Will Rogers State Beach

Avalon Beach at Catalina Island (50 feet east of the pier)

Recorded information on beach conditions is available 24- hours a day on the County's beach closure hotline: 1-800- 525-5662. Information is also available online at our website: PublicHealth.LACounty.gov/Beach/.

 

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