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2012/2013/2014 Triennial Ocean, Harbor & Bay Water Quality Report

New 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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Ocean Water Protection Program
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Heal the Bay - Report Card


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.

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San Clemente Amenities

San Clemente Area

lifeguard disabled restrooms firepits entrance fishing surfing scuba stairs interpretive camping

North Beach*

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San Clemente Pier*

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San Clemente State*

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San Onofre State*

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Most lifeguard staffing is seasonal - June 23rd to Labor Day Weekend
* Note: expect to pay for parking at most Orange County beaches
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North Beach (Ole Hanson Beach Club)
North El Camino Real and Avenida Pico, San Clemente, CA (949) 361-8219; Surf & Weather (949) 492-1011

Senda de la Playa: N. El Camino Real almost till Avenida Pico, San Clemente, CA

San Clemente City Beach: Access points at Portal and Buena Vista, Mariposa and Escolanes, end of Linda Lane, at Encino Lane, San Clemente, CA

Linda Lane Park: end of Linda Lane, San Clemente, CA (949) 361-8219

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San Clemente Pier
West end of Ave Del Mar, San Clemente, CA (949) 361-8219

T-Street: South of Pier off Trafalgar Street, San Clemente, CA

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San Clemente State Beach - State Park link
Ave. Calafia and Ola Vista, San Clemente, CA (949) 492-3156

Calafia County Park
At the end of Calafia just beyond San Clemente State Beach, San Clemente, CA


San Diego County

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San Onofre State Beach - State Park link
Basilone exit off 5 Freeway, San Clemente, CA (949) 492-4872

Trestles (San Mateo Point)
0.4 mile walk to ocean from the corner of El Camino Real and Cristianitos Road in San Clemente

County of San Diego handles water quality information for this area.