SANTA MONICA, CA – The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health on Friday issued a warning about the use of seawater for Avalon Beach on Catalina Island and Mother’s Beach in Marina del Rey, where bacterial levels exceed state standards. Public health lifted the warning for Santa Monica State Beach.
The caution follows 17 million gallons of sewage pollution in Santa Monica Bay in July, prompting health officials to issue updated warnings for beaches along the Los Angeles coast.
The following Los Angeles County beaches will remain under warning as of Friday:
- Mother Beach in Marina Del Rey.
- Avalon Beach on Catalina Island, 15 meters west of the pier.
The warnings have been lifted for these beaches:
- Malibu Lagoon on Surfrider Beach.
- Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica.
Public health continues to warn people who visit these beaches to use caution when swimming, surfing, and playing in the ocean near drains, creeks, and rivers.
The wastewater pollution occurred on July 11th at the Hyperion Water Reclamation Plant in Playa Vista. People have been warned for weeks on Los Angeles beaches, including Malibu, San Pedro, Catalina, Marina del Rey, Pacific Palisades, and the El Segundo and Dockweiler Beach areas.
Along with the bacteria warning, the spill has reduced the area’s water recyclability and forced officials to divert clean drinking water during drought and pandemic, reports the Los Angeles Times.
Local leaders have started calling for answers. Rep. Ted Lieu has requested an investigation by the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
“I call on the EPA and NOAA to investigate the massive and ongoing sewage discharge from the Hyperion Water Reclamation Plant into the ocean,” announced Lieu on Facebook last week. “This facility is critical to LA County’s wastewater treatment and its continued problematic operation requires federal action.”