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Rain Means Water Pollution, Beach Advisories

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Wouldn't it be nice if one day it rained in Los Angeles and it wouldn't mean the government telling residents to stay away from beaches because of pollution? As with every time it rains, County Health Officer Jonathan E. Fielding cautions residents who are planning on visiting beaches and going in the water. Specifically, the concern is around discharging storm drains, creeks, and rivers where bacteria, debris, trash, and other public health hazards from city streets and mountain areas are likely to enter the ocean.

“Fortunately, discharging storm drains, creeks, and rivers only comprise a small portion of the beach, and therefore a large portion of the beach remains accessible," explained Fielding. Areas of the beach apart from discharging storm drains, creeks, and
rivers are exempted from the advisory, which is in effect until at least Saturday morning. Beach conditions are available all day via the County's beach closure hotline at 1-800-525-5662 or on their website.