Three Santa Barbara County beaches remain closed due to poor ocean water quality

Ocean water quality improves

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, Calif. - The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department closed several beaches throughout the South County following the recent storm due to high bacterial levels.

The following beaches remain closed to the public as of Feb. 7, 2018, until further notice:

  1. Carpinteria State Beach
  2. Goleta Beach
  3. Hammonds Beach

Public Health officials say the levels of bacteria highly exceed standards levels and all ocean water at these beaches should be considered contaminated. Visitors should avoid any type of water activities.

There are unknown amounts of untreated sewage and possible chemical contaminants in the water and sand.

Residents and visitors are cautioned that buffer zones around areas where sediment has been deposited at Goleta and Carpinteria beaches have high bacterial levels. Due to the risk of illness with high bacterial levels, all are urged to stay outside of the buffer zone areas.

The following beaches are open as of Feb. 7, 2018:

  1. Butterfly Beach
  2. East Beach at Sycamore Creek
  3. East Beach at Mission Creek
  4. Leadbetter Beach
  5. Sands at Coal Oil Point
  6. Refugio State Beach
  7. Gaviota State Beach
  8. El Capitan State Beach
  9. Summerland Beach
  10. Guadalupe Dunes
  11. Jalama Beach
  12. Arroyo Burro Beach
  13. Hope Ranch Beach

If the sand or water look or smell out of the ordinary, officials say avoid contact.

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