Current Water Quality Information
Advisories and Closures: Week of May 18, 2015
Capitola Beach, east and west of the jetty, and Hooper's Beach by the Capitola Wharf, have elevated Enterococcus and E. coli levels. Advisory signs have been posted at beach entry points.
All other 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 early May, 2015, show no microcystins toxin detected. (Detection limit is 0.5 parts per billion [ppb].)
Mussel Quarantine in Effect
The annual mussel quarantine is in effect. The annual quarantine applies to sport-harvested mussels for the entire California coast, including all bays and estuaries. Significant biotoxin activity can occur outside of the quarantine period. This can result in special health advisories on mussels and other seafood species. Sportharvesters should call the Biotoxin Information Line at 1-800-553-4133 for the current status of all quarantines and health advisories before harvesting and consuming shellfish. This quarantine does *not* apply to commercially sourced shellfish.
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 email@example.com.
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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