Beach Closure Lifted for Isla Vista Shoreline
Update by the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department
May 25, 2022
The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department has lifted the water contact closure for Isla Vista shoreline area between Ocean Road and Camino Pescadero Park. Recent water quality testing conducted by the Department has confirmed the ocean water is safe for recreational use in this area following recent sewage impacts.
The County of Santa Barbara implements a variety of programs to protect public health and enhance environmental quality of County watersheds and beaches. Working to improve water quality by reducing or treating sources of pollution is a multi-faceted task. To find out what is being done to improve water quality and how you can help, visit www.sbprojectcleanwater.org.
Isla Vista Beach Closed Due to Sewage Spill
Source: Santa Barbara County Public Health Department
May 20, 2022
The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department’s Environmental Health Services is issuing a “BEACH CLOSURE” for all recreational water contact between Ocean Road and Camino Pescadero Park due to untreated sewage reaching ocean waters along this beach shoreline.
The spill involved a release of an unknown quantity of sewage to a storm drain discharging near Pelican Park in Isla Vista. As a result, the beach from Ocean Road to Camino Pescadero Park has been closed to all 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 of illness.
Additionally, sport harvesters should avoid harvesting shellfish from this area. High bacterial levels may contaminate the shellfish beds. Adequate cooking of shellfish will destroy harmful bacteria, but may not be effective in killing viruses.