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Alert about harmful bacteria on California beaches: Which beaches are contaminated?

California state authorities issue an alert about harmful bacteria on the state’s beaches. Here is the list of which beaches are polluted.

Estados UnidosUpdate:
Alertan sobre bacterias dañinas en playas de California: ¿Qué playas están contaminadas?
Robyn BeckAFP

Memorial Day plans for those in the Los Angeles area may have been disrupted over the long weekend after the county’s Department of Public Health issued an alert to stay out of the water at certain beaches after various harmful bacteria have been found.

Alert about harmful bacteria on California beaches: Which beaches are contaminated?

Various tests have concluded that there is a level of bacteria that exceeds health standards at the following California beaches: Mother’s Beach in Marina Del Rey, Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica, Topanga Canyon Beach in Malibu, Malibu Lagoon in Surfrider Beach, Latigo Shore Drive in Malibu, Marie Canyon Storm Drain in Puerco Beach, and Las Flores Creek in Las Flores State Beach. With the warning in place, tourists and residents are urged to avoid swimming, surfing, and playing in the water at these locations.

Check your water quality in real-time

We would like to share a helpful resource with you. The LA Department of Public Health has provided a map that allows you to check the real-time water quality of different beaches in the county.

What is causing the issue?

The Department of Public Health officials are currently investigating the cause of these concerning findings. Normally, this type of harmful bacteria emerges after a storm, but the exact reason behind its appearance is still unknown.


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