Warning Given for Ventura County Beach Runoff

Health Officials Concerned About Pollution From Weekend Rain

POSTED: 11:42 AM PST Dec 09, 2013    UPDATED: 11:51 AM PST Dec 09, 2013 
VENTURA, Calif. -

The Ventura County Environmental Health Division released the following statement Monday morning:

As part of the Ventura County Ocean Water Quality Monitoring Program, the Environmental Health Division (EHD) is providing the following precautionary information for the public.  Rainfall that is significant enough to result in runoff can flow into storm drains, channels, creeks, and rivers that empty onto the beaches of Ventura County.  In general, 0.2 inches (2 tenths of an inch) of rainfall may be enough to create significant runoff conditions.

There is a potential for storm water runoff to carry disease causing bacteria to the beaches and into the ocean water.  In addition, storm water runoff can transport physical hazards such as partially submerged tree limbs and logs into the ocean that could result in serious physical injury.  Contact with this runoff water will result in an increased risk to human health and should be avoided for at least 72 hours after all rainfall activity has ended.

As a result of the recent rainfall, EHD is advising the public to avoid body contact with all storm water runoff and ocean water at all Ventura County beaches.  Any items that may have come in contact with runoff or ocean water should also be avoided.  If contact occurs, wash thoroughly with soap and water.

Any shellfish on or from Ventura County beaches may have also been exposed to this contamination and should not be eaten.

This advisory will remain in effect for 72 hours (3 days) after all rainfall has ended.

Results for specific beaches are also available on the EHD hotline (recorded information), 805/662-6555, and on the EHD Web page at:  http://www.ventura.org/rma/envhealth/technical-services/ocean/index.html