County Issues General Advisory to Beachgoers

Bacteria levels in coastal waters can rise significantly following rain.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.

The county's Department of Environmental Health today issued a general advisory to beachgoers to stay out of the water for the next 72 hours due to this morning's rainfall.

"Swimmers, surfers and other ocean users are warned that levels of bacteria can rise significantly in ocean and bay waters, especially near storm drains, creeks, rivers and lagoon outlets that discharge urban runoff," read the advisory.

Urban runoff can include animal waste, soil and decomposing vegetation, among other things.

—City News Service


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