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Current Water Quality Information

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 Advisories and Closures: Week of April 25, 2016

Please be advised that areas subject to rainfall runoff from storm drains, creeks and rivers may contain high levels of disease-causing bacteria and viruses. These areas should be avoided for at least three days following significant rainfall.

The Santa Cruz Harbor District is currently performing dredging operations to maintain the access channel to the harbor.  These operations may from time to time affect Twin Lakes beach.  More information may be found at the Harbor website here.

 

 All beaches tested this week met safe body contact standards. 

 

THE FOLLOWING AREAS ARE PERMANENTLY POSTED BY THE COUNTY DUE TO ROUTINELY HIGH BACTERIA LEVELS:

 Aptos Creek at Rio del Mar Beach

Porter Gulch Creek at New Brighton Beach

Soquel Creek mouth at Capitola Beach

Schwan Lagoon at Twin Lakes Beach

San Lorenzo River mouth

Neary Lagoon at Cowell Beach 

 THESE WATER BODIES AND ADJACENT AREAS GENERALLY CONTAIN BACTERIA LEVELS ABOVE SAFE BODY CONTACT STANDARDS AND ARE CONSIDERED UNSAFE FOR BODY CONTACT.

 

  PINTO & KELLY LAKES ADVISORY

Pinto and Kelly Lakes are subject to blooms of blue-green algae (cyanobacteria). Cyanobacters such as microcystis are known to produce toxins, exposure to which can cause rashes, skin and eye irritation, allergic reactions, gastrointestinal upset, and other effects. At high levels, exposure can result in serious illness or death. Exposure may occur by ingestion, dermal contact  or inhalation. Avoid body contact with blue-green algal blooms. This includes swimming, wading and water-skiing. For more information visit the California Department of Public Health here.

The most recent sample results, taken April 27, 2016, show no microcystins toxin detected at the City of Watsonville boat launch ramp. (Detection limit is 1 part per billion [ug/L].) 

The County of Santa Cruz Environmental Health Service provides water quality information to concerned swimmers to alert them to areas that may be contaminated by fecal indicator bacteria. You may listen to the latest water quality updates by dialing (831) 454-3188 and listening to the menu to find information about fresh water lagoons and ocean beaches. Click here for Recreational Water Quality Monitoring information.

For clarification of methods and interpretation of results please contact Dave 'pH' Steinbruner at (831) 454-2739 or email at env071@co.santa-cruz.ca.us.

If you believe you may have been exposed to illness through water contact, please fill out an Illness Report.

To be added to or removed from the e-mail distribution list for current water quality data reports, e-mail Env.Hlth@santacruzcounty.us with the words: "Please add me to the e-mail distribution list.", in the subject line.

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