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Leadbetter Closed Due to Sewage Spill
updated: Dec 03, 2012, 11:19 AM

Source: City of Santa Barbara

The City of Santa Barbara, Public Works Department has issued a "BEACH CLOSED" notice today at Leadbetter Beach in response to a spill of untreated sewage. The closure will continue until testing reveals it is safe.

The spill involved approximately 6,600 gallons of sewage and occurred on the 1100 Block of Luneta Plaza. The untreated sewage flowed into an adjacent storm drain that eventually discharges at Leadbetter Beach. As a result, Leadbetter Beach has been closed to recreational water contact. The affected area has been posted with signs warning the public to avoid contact with the water until sample results indicate the water is safe for recreational use. Contact with sewage contaminated water increases the risk for certain types of illnesses.

In addition, the public should wait until at least 10 days to harvest shellfish in the affected area. Because they are filter feeders, shellfish from contaminated waters represent and elevated risk of disease if consumed.

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 COMMENT 349730 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-03 11:38 AM



 COMMENT 349731 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-03 11:40 AM

Probably just some SUPs aquadooking in the lineup.


 COMMENT 349737 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-03 11:58 AM

I can't look at the word "aquadooking" and not crack up...


 COMMENT 349740 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-03 12:04 PM

LOL 737


 COMMENT 349752 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-03 12:22 PM

Bravo 731. Word of the year. A quick Google of "aquadooking" revelas this to be a truly original phrase, one worthy of a spot in Webster's .


 COMMENT 349761 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-03 12:59 PM

aquadooking? Not something I would dare ask about.


 COMMENT 349785 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-03 01:44 PM

Not something I would dare google! Bravo 752 for being brave enough!


 COMMENT 349791P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-03 01:54 PM

when was the spill? article doesn't mention when this actually happened.


 COMMENT 349830P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-03 03:19 PM

Too bad we can't warn the marine life: dolphins, fish, sea birds, tide pool critters and the rest. Guess that's what they get for living next to stupid humans. How did this spill happen? I hope the persons responsible are charged and severely penalized.


 COMMENT 349896 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-03 05:37 PM

830p-That would be your sewage and a string of rainy days fault.Happens every time it rains.Not so much in the last couple of years , as we have'nt had much rain.


 COMMENT 349931P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-03 07:47 PM

What ever happened to "look before you leap" or "read the facts before you speak"?! At least what facts are available. sheesh. 896, would you report a visible sewage leak on a Sunday? I hope so.


 COMMENT 349938 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-03 08:11 PM

These manhole popping sewage leaks are much less common than they used to be. Public works is on this issue.


 COMMENT 349994 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-04 08:00 AM

Leadbetter: "Dibblee’s mansion had been sold in 1908 to Frederick W. Leadbetter, a papermill baron from the Columbia River, who had converted the flat area above La Playa Stadium into a private polo field. The beach below is still known as Leadbetter Beach. The quake damaged the Castle so badly that it was razed in 1932 and WPA workmen used its stone blocks to build the revetment along the wall of Cliff Drive from Montecito Street to the City College entrance. The Leadbetters did not choose to rebuild the landmark, and moved to Montecito. In 1954 the estate became the campus of Santa Barbara City College."


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