Current Water Quality Information
Advisories and Closures: Week of December 15, 2014
High bacteria levels are widespread due to the recent rain. The public is reminded in particular to avoid stream/lagoon mouths and storm drain outfalls after significant rain due to high bacteria levels in these sources.
Please be advised that areas subject to rainfall runoff from storm drains, creeks and rivers may contain high levels of disease-causing viruses and bacteria. These areas should be avoided for at least three days after significant rainfall has stopped.
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
Blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) is currently blooming at Kelly and Pinto Lakes. 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.
Samples taken at Pinto lake on December 18, 2014 showed no microcystins toxin present. (detection limit is 0.5 parts per billion [ppb])
Mussel Quarantine Lifted
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) removed the annual quarantine for sport-harvested mussels at midnight on October 31, 2014 for all coastal counties except for Ventura County. Dangerous levels of domoic acid have been detected in some samples from this county. Recent monitoring results have shown that the PSP toxins are at safe or undetectable levels along the remainder of the California coast.
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 Steve Peters at (831) 454-5010 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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