Current Water Quality Status
Week of April 16, 2018
Degraded water quality due to recent rains.
Twin Lakes State Beach, Sunny Cove Beach, Moran Lake Beach, Capitola Beach both east and west of the jetty, New Brighton State Beach and Seaclilff State Beach had elevated bacteria levels.
All other beaches tested this week met safe body contact standards.
Santa Cruz County conducts weekly monitoring of more than a dozen local beaches in accordance with the State of California Recreational Water Program. Up-to-date sampling results are provided on the County's on-line map.
Santa Cruz County has permanently posted the creeks and lagoons listed below due to water quality concerns. Up-to-date monitoring data are available here.
- Neary Lagoon outfall at Cowell Beach
- San Lorenzo River mouth
- Schwann Lagoon at Twin Lakes Beach
- Soquel Creek mouth at Capitola Beach
- Porter Gulch Creek at New Brighton Beach
- Aptos Creek at Rio del Mar Beach
Water quality can deteriorate during and after rainfall. We recommend avoiding direct contact with water in rivers, creeks, or storm drains for at least three days following significant rainfall.
PINTO & KELLY LAKES ADVISORY
Pinto and Kelly Lakes are subject to seasonal blooms of blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) that can release harmful toxins. The City of Watsonville monitors Pinto Lake at the City Dock to determine if microcystin (a cyanobacterial toxin) is present. Results for the most recent samples collected on April 11, 2018 are:
- Microcystin: Not detected (< 1 part per billion)
- Advisory status-ALL CLEAR
It is important to avoid swimming, wading, and other water-sports during a cyanobacterial bloom. When toxins are present in the lake, you could be inadvertently exposed from direct skin contact, swallowing water, or inhaling droplets. Cyanobacterial toxins can cause rashes, skin or eye irritations, stomach upsets, or other reactions. Also do not allow your pets to enter the water. More information harmful algal blooms is available from the California Department of Public Health and the USEPA.