Consumer Protection Program Recreational Water Monitoring
Long Beach has approximately 7 miles of public beach and is visited by over 50,000 people during the summer months. In order to protect the safety of the public, weekly water samples are collected and tested routinely to monitor bacterial levels. If you would like more information on beach water quality, please call our office between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m, Monday through Friday at (562)570-4129.
Important Note: After any significant rainfall (0.10" or more) high levels of bacteria from storm drains, rivers, and polluted runoff enter our ocean. It is recommended to avoid all ocean water contact for at least 72 hours after rainfall, especially at storm drain outlets, river mouths, streams, and lagoons. People should always pay particular attention to any warning signs posted at the beach for their safety.
THERE ARE 4 POSSIBLE BEACH WATCH CONDITIONS:
"OPEN": (Bacterial levels are within State standards. There are no restrictions to water contact activity.)
"ADVISORY": (Bacterial levels are outside of State Standards. Contact with water may cause illness and should be avoided.)
"RAIN ADVISORY": (Bacterial levels rise significantly during and after rainstorms. Contact with water should be avoided for a period of 72 hours after rainfall ends.)
"CLOSED": (Significant risk to health. Avoid any contact with the water until further notice.)
Nowcast / Predictive Modeling Pilot Project
The City of Long Beach Health Department is continuing its participation in the Nowcast pilot project in collaboration with Heal the Bay, UCLA, State Waterborad, and Stanford University. The Nowcast is a computer-based model that predicts daily bacteriological water quality, much like a daily weather forecast. The project is operating at 20 beach locations within Southern California, including three (3) in Long Beach. Modeled beaches in Long Beach include: 5th Place, Belmont Pier and now 72nd Place. Modeled results can be used to help determine if the water is safe for recreational uses such as swimming and surfing. The Nowcast will be updated daily, Monday through Friday, during the study period. For more information on the Nowcast project, visit Heal the Bay website.
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