Santa Barbara County, CA

01/13/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 01/13/2018 22:48

SAFETY OF OCEAN WATER AND BEACHES

PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT

300 N. San Antonio Road Santa Barbara, CA 93110

(805) 681-5102 FAX (805) 681-5191 www.countyofsb.org

PRESS RELEASE

News Media Contact: Susan Klein-Rothschild, MSW Deputy Director

January 13, 2018

(805) 681-5435 (805) 896-1057 (cell) [email protected]

SAFETY OF OCEAN WATER AND BEACHES

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) - Ocean water samples taken on Friday, January 12 were tested for bacteria levels on Saturday, January 13. Test results reveal that levels of bacteria exceed standard levels in ocean water. Ocean water at the following beaches will remain closed:

  • East Beach at Mission Creek

  • East Beach at Sycamore Creek

  • El Capitan State Beach

  • Goleta Beach

In addition, ocean waters at the following beaches remain closed until further notice:

  • Butterfly Beach

  • Hammond Beach

  • Carpinteria State Beach

  • Rincon Beach

People should not enter the water when levels of bacteria highly exceed standard levels. The Public Health Department will continue to test ocean water for microbial contaminants.

Based on test results, ocean water at the following beaches will be open:

  • Guadalupe Dunes

  • Jalama Beach

  • Arroyo Burro Beach

  • Gaviota State Beach

  • Refugio State Beach

  • Leadbetter Beach

  • Sands Beach at Coal Oil Point

  • Hope Ranch Beach

Out of an abundance of caution, in support the recovery and mitigation process, the Public Health Department established of a buffer zone of 400 feet of beach area on both sides where sediment from the mud flows are being placed at Goleta Beach. The public is asked to avoid this buffer zone.

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This order applies specifically to the ocean waters; no swimming or other recreational activities shall take place in these ocean water locations. This order does not include the sandy beaches.

The Thomas Fire followed by the significant rainfall and resulting flood is an unprecedented event. There are unknown amounts of untreated sewage and possible chemical contaminants in the water and sand. If the sand or water look or smell out of the ordinary, avoid contact.

Ocean Water testing results are listed below. The standard for each category is listed in black.

The test results are listed in red.

Sites

Total Coliform

(MPN*)

Total Coliform State Health

Standard (MPN*)

Fecal Coliform (MPN*)

Fecal Coliform

State Health Standard (MPN*)

Enterococcus

(MPN*)

Enterococcus State Health

Standard (MPN*)

East Beach @ Sycamore Creek

2247

10,000

41

400

121

104

East Beach @ Mission Creek

3448

10,000

199

400

223

104

Leadbetter Beach

1789

10,000

41

400

73

104

Arroyo Burro Beach

309

10,000

10

400

10

104

Hope Ranch Beach

1236

10,000

20

400

10

104

Goleta Beach

24192

10,000

1211

400

8664

104

El Capitan

24192

10,000

538

400

11199

104

Refugio State Beach

146

10,000

10

400

10

104

Gaviota State Beach

41

10,000

10

400

10

104

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