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Rain Advisory In Effect

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 during and after rainstorms. The elevated levels of bacteria can continue for a period of at least 3 days depending upon the intensity of the rain and the volume of the runoff. 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.

Green flagOcean water bacteria levels meet state health standards.

Yellow flagOcean water bacteria levels exceed state health standards and may cause illness.

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Red flagOcean water is closed due to sewage contaminated water.

Use the menu bar below to view the map and current water quality status of your favorite local beach.

Ocean & Bay Closures, Warnings and Advisories Status Report

NOTE:  The Rain Advisory has been  lifted, but due to technical difficulties, the Rain Advisory information at the top of this webpage cannot be removed at this time.  The posting pins in the map reflect current conditions.  Thank you for your patience as this issue is resolved.   

Report Issued:  July 27, 2015 at 10:30 AM

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.

No ocean water closures are currently in effect.

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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.

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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 area reduced  7/25/2015).

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.
 
 

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 3 beach locations within Southern California, one being at the San Juan Creek mouth at Doheny 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, Monday through Friday and some weekends, through September 12, 2015. Click here to learn more about this pilot project.

Doheny State Beach – The ocean water area fronting the mouth of the San Juan Creek.

Today's Nowcast
July 27, 2015

Previous Sample Results
 July 26, 2015

 

 

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Ocean water bacteria levels are predicted to exceed state health standards at this location and may cause illness.
 


Enterococci = 20 CFU/ml

Fecal Coliform = 60 CFU/ml

Total Coliform >/= 940 CFU/ml 

Ocean water is considered safe for contact when the following health standards are not exceeded:

Enterococci 104 CFU/ml
Fecal Coliform 400 CFU/ml
Total Coliform 10,000 CFU/ml

 

 

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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