GOLETA, Calif. - Goleta Beach waters will remain closed over the Memorial Day weekend, county officials say.
The waters at Goleta Beach have been closed since January 2018 following the Montecito mudslide prompting officials to use Goleta Beach as one of several depositing sites for debris taken out of Montecito.
Heightened levels of bacteria including coliform, fecal coliform, and enterococcus haven been detected in the water off Goleta Beach, say Santa Barbara County officials.
The county hired the firm 'Geosyntec' to provide guidance for cleaning the waters at the beach and re-opening those waters for safe public use as quickly as possible.
Hammond's Beach waters in Montecito are on "Warning" status.
"Santa Barbara County Environmental Health Services ocean monitoring sample reports for this week indicate water quality at Goleta Beach and Hammond’s Beach to contain bacterial levels exceeding one or more health standards," says a statement released by the County of Santa Barbara.
Signs have been posted at both beaches to ensure visitors are informed.
Ocean water sampling results are updated weekly and available on Public Health Department website under Environmental Health Services at www.sbcphd.org/ehs/ocean.htm.