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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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Ocean & Bay Closures, Warnings and Advisories Status Report

Report Issued:  February 11, 2016 at 12:50 PM

Report is updated when a change of status occurs.

Updates by phone: (714) 433-6400

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CLOSURES

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 Newport Beach, all of the Newport Slough is closed to swimming and diving due to a sewage spill (closed 2/9/2016). 

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WARNINGS

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.

Dana Point - From the Dana Point Harbor breakwater to 300 feet downcoast of the Dana Point Harbor breakwater at Doheny State Beach (posted 2/9/2016).

Dana Point - From the San Juan Creek to 300 feet downcoast of the San Juan Creek at Doheny State Beach (posting expanded 2/9/2016).

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ADVISORIES

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 Salt Creek at Monarch Beach (posted 1/20/2016).

San Clemente - 75 feet upcoast and 75 feet downcoast of Poche Creek at Poche Beach (posted 1/26/2016).

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.


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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).

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