Ocean water bacteria levels meet state health standards.

Ocean water bacteria levels exceed state health standards and may cause illness. More Information

Ocean water is closed due to sewage contaminated water.

Ocean & Bay Postings & Closures Status Report
Environmental Health Water Quality Program Ocean Water Protection Program

Report Issued:  October 23, 2017 at 8:45 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 Laguna Beach, the ocean water area at Woods Cove from the projection of Center Street downcoast to Moss Street is closed to swimming, surfing, and diving due to a sewage spill (posted 10/22/2017).



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.

Dana Point – 75 feet upcoast and 75 feet downcoast of Poche Creek at Poche Beach (posted 09/26/2017).

San Clemente – 75 feet upcoast and 75 feet downcoast of the San Clemente Pier (posting reduced 10/22/2017).


The Environmental Health staff advises swimmers 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.

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.

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

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.

Today’s NOWCAST for:
San Juan Creek Mouth at
Doheny State Beach

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Ocean water bacteria levels are predicted to meet state health standards at the location above.

Today’s NOWCAST for:
300 feet at the projection of Brookhurst Street at Huntington State Beach

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Ocean water bacteria levels are predicted to meet state health standards at the location above.

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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