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Ocean & Bay Closures, Warnings and Advisories Status Report

Report Issued:  September 30, 2014 at 3:00 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.

Laguna Beach - Until further notice, the area 500 feet upcoast and 500 feet downcoast of Aliso Creek in Aliso County Beach is closed to swimming, diving and surfing due to a sewage spill (closed 9/30/2014).



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 Seal Beach Pier to 300 feet downcoast of the Seal Beach Pier (posted 9/24/2014).

Newport Bay - Ruby Avenue Beach on the north side of Balboa Island (posted 9/30/2014).

Newport Beach - 500 feet of Little Corona Beach (posted 9/25/2014).

Dana Point - From Salt Creek to 300 feet downcoast of Salt Creek (posted 9/23/2014).

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