Rains ruined O.C. beaches, but ocean water now safe after prolonged bacteria advisory

CPT.URBAN–RUNOFF–1.010706.MCD Two bodyboarders walk out into the surf where Aliso Creek empties into
Aliso Creek empties into the ocean at Aliso Beach in Laguna Beach.
(Los Angeles Times)

Ocean water is clear and safe again after a long period of intermittent heavy rain brought runoff to area beaches, Orange County health officials said.

An advisory that had been in effect since Jan. 31 for all county beaches was lifted Friday.

“Levels of bacteria can rise significantly in ocean and bay waters adjacent to storm drains, creeks and rivers during and after rainstorms,” according to the Orange County Health Care Agency.

Swimmers should avoid coastal waters affected by discharges from storm drains, creeks and rivers, and beach users should avoid contact with any runoff in the days after a storm, regardless of weather, the agency said.


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Sclafani writes for Times Community News.