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Ocean & Bay Closures, Warnings and Advisories Status Report

Report Issued:  March 28, 2015 at 12:30 PM

Report is updated when a change of status occurs.

Updates by phone: (714) 433-6400

sign: Keep Out


Ocean and bay waters are closed when an immediate health hazard is identified such as a sewage spill. 

No ocean, harbor or bay water closures are currently in effect.



Ocean and bay waters are posted with warning signs when bacterial levels in ocean or bay waters exceed health standards. Click on a posting to see the location.

Seal Beach - From the San Gabriel River jetty to 300 feet downcoast of the San Gabriel River jetty (posted 3/26/15).

Newport Beach - 300 feet of Little Corona Beach (posted 3/26/2015) .

Yellow Warning Sign


Ocean or bay water advisories are issued to alert the public of possible elevated bacteria levels associated with urban and storm runoff at storm drains, creeks and rivers that can impact ocean and bay waters.


The Environmental Health staff advises that levels of bacteria can rise significantly in ocean and bay waters adjacent to storm drains, creeks and rivers. Swimmers should avoid coastal waters impacted by discharging storm drains creeks and rivers, and beach users should avoid contact with any runoff on the beach during dry or wet weather conditions.


Red Warning Sign


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.

Newport Bay - Harbor Tower Marina at Pacific Coast Highway and Newport Blvd. (posted 5/6/1999).

How to Contact Us

To report a sewage spill during normal business hours (8:00 am to 5:00 pm), call: (714) 433-6419

To report a sewage spill after normal business hours, on weekends or holidays, call: (714) 628-7008

To report a bather illness or if you have any other questions, during business hours call: (714) 433-6280