Sewage spill closes portion of Huntington Harbour

A sewage spill has prompted authorities to close a portion of Huntington Harbour in Orange County to swimming and diving until further notice.

The restrictions, announced Saturday, apply to the area from the boat launch at Warner Avenue and Pacific Coast Highway to the boat docks at Blue Water Lane.

Orange County also posted a couple of warnings about high bacteria levels. One affected area was the east end of Baby Beach in Dana Point Harbor. The other was in San Clemente, where Poche Creek discharges at Poche Beach.

Levels of bacteria can rise significantly in ocean and bay waters adjacent to storm drains, creeks and rivers, according to the county’s environmental health department. It advises beachgoers to avoid contact with any runoff on the beach and swimmers to steer clear.

--Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times



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