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Storm Runoff Causes Unhealthy Water Conditions in Seal and Surfside

Six locations in Seal Beach and Surfside tested positive for unhealthy bacteria levels following recent rains. Authorities are urging caution for swimmers between rain storms.

The Orange County Health Care Agency has issued a rain advisory in effect across local beaches where recent storm runoff has caused unhealthy bacteria levels that may cause illness.

In Seal Beach, sample results from two days ago found four locations where bacteria levels exceeded state health standards. First, Eighth and 14th streets along with a stretch of beach 250 feet south of the pier each tested positive for elevated bacteria levels. In Surfiside water at Sea Way and Anaheim Bay/Huntington Harbor also showed elevated bacteria levels.

Authorities advise swimmers and surfers to stay away from storm drains,
creeks and rivers where the possibility that bacteria or chemical from
debris from storm runoff may contaminate the water.
Further rain could cause the advisory to be extended past Saturday.

For more ongoing updates, check out the Health Care Agency’s Ocean Water Protection Program.

 - City News Service contributed to this report.

Lil-Marty December 27, 2012 at 04:41 PM
Now this pisses me off! I like to surf here with my brother Artie! We take our Long boards out here and hit the large 1 to 2 foot swells and now we have to deal with the pollution! Can't they just add some Chlorine and put a filter system like Artie has on his "Doughboy" pool! Hang ten with Lil Marty Leisure World
arturo short December 27, 2012 at 04:54 PM
marty unfortunateli no chlorine will help!!...when they said the storm caused this...they were wrong...it was actualli some gaawd awfull sweaty-ape -like creature...PABLO...he did a cannon ball off the h.b. pier...and it has dis-TURD-rbed the entire eco balance all up & down californias coasts!!!

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