Water Quality Report for Santa Cruz County
Week of May 12, 2019
Santa Cruz County conducts weekly monitoring of more than a dozen local beaches in accordance with the State of California Recreational Water Program. Bacterial water quality was acceptable at ALL beaches monitored this week EXCEPT Seacliff Beach ( at the Cement Ship). Recent bacterial data are displayed on on our on-line map where you can zoom-in on individual sites for more detailed information. Please be aware that water quality can deteriorate during and after rainfall. We recommend avoiding contact with ocean water for 72 hours (3 days) after storm events, especially near storm drains, creeks, and rivers. The County issues advisories when there are water quality concerns and conducts follow-up investigations as needed.
Santa Cruz County has permanently posted the creeks and lagoons listed below due to water quality concerns. Recent monitoring data are available by clicking on a location on the on-line map.
- 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
PINTO & KELLY LAKES ADVISORY
Pinto and Kelly Lakes are subject to seasonal blooms of blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) that can release harmful toxins.The County conducts periodic monitoring of sites at Pinto and Kelly Lakes. 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 May 8, 2019 are:
- Microcystin: Not Detected (<1 part per billion)
- Advisory status-No advisory in effect
Please note that 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.