Ocean water bacteria levels meet state health standards.
Ocean water is closed due to sewage contaminated water.
Environmental Health • Water Quality Program • Ocean Water Protection Program
Report Issued: August 21, 2017 at 9:30 AM
Report is updated when a change of status occurs.
Updates by phone: (714) 433-6400
Ocean and bay waters are closed when an immediate health hazard is identified such as a sewage spill. Click a closure when displayed to see the location.
Until further notice, in Dana Point Harbor, Baby Beach, Youth dock, Guest dock, and docks “A” through “C” of the West Basin are closed to swimming and diving due to a sewage spill (closure posted 8/20/2017).
Ocean and bay waters are posted with warning signs when bacterial levels in ocean or bay waters exceed health standards. Click a posting when displayed/ to see the location.
No ocean, harbor, or bay water warnings are currently in effect.
Ocean or bay water advisories are issued to alert the public of real or possible elevated bacteria levels associated with urban and storm runoff at outlets, such as storm drains, creeks and rivers that can impact ocean and bay waters. Click an advisory when displayed to see the outlet location where ocean bacterial levels have exceeded health standards in the mixing zone between the runoff and the receiving ocean water.
Long Term Warnings Due to Urban Runoff Impacts
Long term warnings occur at locations where bacterial levels consistently exceed health standards, usually from the impact of urban runoff. Click on a posting to see the location.
Nowcast / Predictive Modeling Pilot Project
The County of Orange is currently participating in a nowcast pilot project in collaboration with Heal the Bay and Stanford University. The project is operating at 10 beach locations within Southern California, one being at the San Juan Creek mouth at Doheny State Beach and another at the projection of Brookhurst Street in Huntington State Beach. A nowcast is a computer-based model that predicts daily bacteriological water quality, much like a daily weather forecast. The nowcast will be updated daily, during the study period through October 31, 2017. Click here to learn more about this pilot project.
The Latest Water Quality Report
This report provides an updated analysis of bacteriological water quality data for Orange County’s recreational waters and includes data on sewage spills and related ocean, harbor and bay water closures.
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