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02 Jun, 2010

OR Warning Signs for Beach Water Quality

The BEACH Program works with local health authorities to evaluate heavily used marine saltwater beaches for fecal bacteria pollution problems. The results from weekly samples are used together with a beach survey to determine the level of risk of illness to the beach users. Beaches can also be posted with closure or advisory signs when a sewage spill affects a beach and deemed a threat to public safety. A sewage spill includes combined sewer overflows (CSO), sewage pipe rupture, wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) malfunction or failure, and on-site septic tank system failure.
20 May, 2010

WA Warning Signs for Beach Water Quality

The BEACH Program works with local health authorities to evaluate heavily used marine saltwater beaches for fecal bacteria pollution problems. The results from weekly samples are used together with a beach survey to determine the level of risk of illness to the beach users. Beaches can also be posted with closure or advisory signs when a sewage spill affects a beach and deemed a threat to public safety. A sewage spill includes combined sewer overflows (CSO), sewage pipe rupture, wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) malfunction or failure, and on-site septic tank system failure.
13 Nov, 2008

Santa Monica Pier Beach Signage Survey

Beaches found to be in violation of the AB411 standards are required to be posted with warning signs to notify ocean users of the possible health risk. Over the 12 years that this system has been in place, Heal the Bay has received numerous reports of these signs failing to fulfill the purpose for which they were designed. Over the summer of 2008, Heal the Bay conducted a survey-based study to investigate and address these reports. The objective of the study was to determine if indeed there is a failure in the beach water quality notification system, and if so, possible reasons for the inadequacy of water quality warning signs and possible ways in which they could be improved.
02 Oct, 2008

CA Warning Signs for Beach Water Quality

California has state wide standards for beach bathing water quality and a protocol for public notification. Known as AB411, these standards were implemented in August 1999 as part of the California Health and Safety Code providing the public "right-to-know" information about water quality at local beaches.
01 May, 2008

California County Health Departments

For the most recent California beach water quality and posting information, please contact your county's health department.
10 Aug, 2006

Santa Monica Pier Bacterial Source Identification Study (PDF)

Heal the Bay obtained and analyzed ocean water samples from 10 sites under and adjacent to the Santa Monica pier three times per week for the five weeks from 7/10/06 through 8/10/06. Time of samples ranged from 8:22 AM to 10:20 AM. All samples were immediately put on ice, and analyzed with the Idexx method (for Total Coliform, E. Coli, and Enterococcus) within 6 hours of collection.

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