3 Beaches Remain Closed Due to High Bacteria Levels

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Update by the Public Health Department
12:30 p.m., February 2, 2018

Ocean water samples were taken on Wednesday, January 31, for select beaches where ocean water had previously exceeded standard bacteria levels. As a result of this testing, ocean waters at El Capitan and Summerland are now open.

CLOSED BEACHES:

  • Carpinteria State Beach, including Carpinteria City Beach
  • Goleta Beach
  • Hammonds Beach

Public Health strongly advises people not enter these ocean waters and refrain from eating recreationally caught raw fish and shellfish when levels of bacteria highly exceed standards. People are reminded to cook recreationally caught seafood at these three locations before eating. The Public Health Department will continue to test ocean water for microbial contaminants. Out of an abundance of caution, the Public Health Department urges the public to respect the buffer zone of 400 feet on both sides where sediments from the mud flows are being placed. Avoid the buffer zone, which is marked by the orange fencing.

OPEN BEACHES:

  • Butterfly Beach
  • East Beach @ Sycamore Creek
  • East Beach @ Mission Creek
  • Leadbetter Beach
  • Sands @ Coal Oil Point
  • Refugio State Beach
  • Gaviota State Beach
  • El Capitan State Beach
  • Summerland Beach
  • Guadalupe Dunes
  • Jalama Beach

Sampling results indicate bacterial levels exceed one or more state health standards at the following locations. Yellow ‘WARNING’ signs have been posted at these beaches. The County Health Officer cautions that contact with ocean water may increase risk of illness. Swimmers are advised to stay out of the water and a minimum of 50 yards away from both sides of creek mouths or storm drains.

BEACHES WITH WARNING SIGNS:

  • Arroyo Burro Beach
  • Hope Ranch Beach

Update by the Public Health Department
1:30 p.m., January 31, 2018

Ocean water samples taken on Monday, January 29, were tested for bacteria levels. Test results reveal that levels of bacteria continue to exceed standard levels in ocean water at three beaches. Ocean water at these beaches will remain closed to swimming, surfing and other water activities.

CLOSED BEACHES:

• Carpinteria State Beach
• Goleta Beach
• Hammond’s Beach
 

Public Health strongly advises people not enter these ocean waters and refrain from eating recreationally caught raw fish and shellfish when levels of bacteria highly exceed standards. People are reminded to cook recreationally caught seafood at these three locations before eating. The Public Health Department will continue to test ocean water for microbial contaminants. Out of an abundance of caution, the Public Health Department urges the public to respect the buffer zone of 400 feet on both sides where sediments from the mud flows are being placed. Avoid the buffer zone, which is marked by the orange fencing.

Sampling results indicate bacterial levels exceed one or more state health standards at the following locations. Yellow ‘WARNING’ signs have been posted at these beaches. The County Health Officer cautions that contact with ocean water may increase risk of illness. Swimmers are advised to stay out of the water and a minimum of 50 yards away from both sides of creek mouths or storm drains.

BEACHES WITH WARNING SIGNS:

• Arroyo Burro Beach
• Hope Ranch Beach
• El Capitan State Beach
• Summerland Beach
 

Ocean water is open when sampling results indicate that water quality meets state standards.

OPEN BEACHES:

• Butterfly Beach
• East Beach @ Sycamore Creek
• East Beach @ Mission Creek
• Leadbetter Beach
• Sands @ Coal Oil Point
• Refugio State Beach
• Gaviota State Beach

In addition, the following beaches remain open:

• Guadalupe Dunes
• Jalama Beach

OceanWater testing results are listed below. The standard for each category is listed in black. The test results are listed in red.


Update by the Public Health Department
12:30 p.m., January 26, 2018

Ocean water samples taken on Wednesday, January 24, were tested for bacteria levels. Test results reveal that levels of bacteria no longer exceed standard levels in ocean water at two beaches. Hope Ranch Beach and Leadbetter Beach are now open to swimming, surfing and other water activities. The status of all other ocean waters remains unchanged from Monday testing.

Beaches that remain closed: 

  • Arroyo Burro
  • Carpinteria
  • El Capitan State Beach
  • Goleta Beach
  • Summerland Beach
  • Hammond Beach

 

Update by the Public Health Department
12:30 p.m., January 24, 2018

Ocean water samples taken on Monday, January 22, were tested for bacteria levels. Test results reveal that levels of bacteria do exceed standard levels in ocean water at some beaches. Ocean water at the following beaches will remain closed to swimming, surfing and other water activities:

  • Arroyo Burro
  • Carpinteria
  • El Capitan State Beach
  • Hope Ranch Beach
  • Goleta Beach
  • Summerland Beach
  • Hammond Beach
  • Leadbetter Beach

People should not enter the water when levels of bacteria highly exceed standard levels. The Public Health Department will continue to test ocean water for microbial contaminants.

Based on test results, the following ocean water at the beaches listed below will be open:

  • Gaviota State Beach
  • Refugio State Beach
  • East Beach at Mission Creek
  • East Beach at Sycamore Creek
  • Butterfly Beach
  • Sands Beach at Coal Oil Point

In addition, ocean water is open at the following beaches:

  • Guadalupe Dunes
  • Jalama Beach

Out of an abundance of caution, in support the recovery and mitigation process, the Public Health Department urges the public to respect the buffer zone of 400 feet of beach area on both sides where sediment from the mudflows are being placed. We ask that you avoid the buffer zone, which is marked by the orange fencing.

The Thomas Fire followed by the significant rainfall and resulting flood is an unprecedented event. There are unknown amounts of untreated sewage and possible chemical contaminants in the water and sand. If the sand or water look or smell out of the ordinary, avoid contact.

Ocean Water testing results are listed below. The standard for each category is listed in black. The test results are listed in red.


Update by the Public Health Department
1:45 p.m., January 18, 2018

Ocean water samples taken on Tuesday, January 16, were tested for bacteria levels on Wednesday, January 17. Test results reveal that levels of bacteria do exceed standard levels in ocean water at some beaches. The following beaches will remain closed:

  • Arroyo Burro
  • Carpinteria State Beach
  • East Beach at Mission Creek
  • East Beach at Sycamore Creek
  • El Capitan State Beach
  • Hope Ranch Beach
  • Goleta Beach
  • Summerland Beach

 

In addition, ocean waters at the following beaches remain closed until further notice:

  • Butterfly Beach
  • Hammond Beach

 

People should not enter the water when levels of bacteria highly exceed standard levels.

The Public Health Department will continue to test ocean water for microbial contaminants. Based on test results, the following ocean water beaches will be open:

  • Gaviota State Beach
  • Refugio State Beach
  • Leadbetter Beach
  • Sands Beach at Coal Oil Point

In addition, ocean water is open at the following beaches:

  • Guadalupe Dunes
  • Jalama Beach

 

Out of an abundance of caution, in support the recovery and mitigation process, the Public Health Department urges the public to respect the buffer zone of 400 feet of beach area on both sides where sediment from the mudflows are being placed. We ask that you avoid the buffer zone, which is marked by the orange fencing.

The Thomas Fire followed by the significant rainfall and resulting flood is an unprecedented event. There are unknown amounts of untreated sewage and possible chemical contaminants in the water and sand. If the sand or water look or smell out of the ordinary, avoid contact.

Ocean Water testing results are listed below. The standard for each category is listed in black. The test results are listed in red.


Update by the County of Santa Barbara
9:00 p.m., January 13, 2018

Ocean water samples taken on Friday, January 12 were tested for bacteria levels on Saturday, January 13. Test results reveal that levels of bacteria exceed standard levels in ocean water. Ocean water at the following beaches will remain closed:

  • East Beach at Mission Creek
  • East Beach at Sycamore Creek
  • El Capitan State Beach
  • Goleta Beach

In addition, ocean waters at the following beaches remain closed until further notice:

  • Butterfly Beach
  • Hammond Beach
  • Carpinteria State Beach
  • Rincon Beach

People should not enter the water when levels of bacteria highly exceed standard levels. The Public Health Department will continue to test ocean water for microbial contaminants.  

Based on test results, ocean water at the following beaches will be open:

  • Guadalupe Dunes
  • Jalama Beach
  • Arroyo Burro Beach
  • Gaviota State Beach
  • Refugio State Beach
  • Leadbetter Beach
  • Sands Beach at Coal Oil Point
  • Hope Ranch Beach

Out of an abundance of caution, in support the recovery and mitigation process, the Public Health Department established of a buffer zone of 400 feet of beach area on both sides where sediment from the mud flows are being placed at Goleta Beach. The public is asked to avoid this buffer zone.  

This order applies specifically to the ocean waters; no swimming or other recreational activities shall take place in these ocean water locations. This order does not include the sandy beaches.

The Thomas Fire followed by the significant rainfall and resulting flood is an unprecedented event. There are unknown amounts of untreated sewage and possible chemical contaminants in the water and sand. If the sand or water look or smell out of the ordinary, avoid contact. 

Ocean Water testing results are listed below. The standard for each category is listed in black. The test results are listed in red.


Source: County of Santa Barbara
January 11, 2018

Effective immediately, and in order to protect the public’s health, the Santa Barbara County Health Officer has closed the following beach ocean waters for public use until further notice: Gaviota Beach down the coast to the County line at Rincon Point. This includes, but is not limited to, the following beaches: Gaviota, Refugio, El Capitan, Sands at Coal Oil Point, Goleta State Beach, Hope Ranch, Arroyo Burro, Leadbetter, East Beach at Mission Creek, East Beach at Sycamore Creek, Butterfly, Hammond’s, Summerland, Carpinteria State Beach. People should not enter the water as levels of bacteria highly exceed standard levels. All ocean water in these locations should be considered contaminated and no recreational activities or swimming should take place. This order does not include the sandy beaches themselves. Future ocean water testing results will inform the decision about when to re-open the beach ocean waters for public use.
 
The mudslides and runoff from this week’s heavy rain contains unknown amounts of untreated sewage and chemical contaminants. Additionally there are California Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) reports of hazardous materials washing up on the beaches having potential to pose a threat to public health and safety.
 
The ocean water testing chart below reflects testing results.
 
*MPN = Most Probable Number = bacteria count per 100 ml of water
The standard is listed in black. The test results are listed in red. The exceedance levels are significant.
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Red Creek Feb 02, 2018 08:47 PM
3 Beaches Remain Closed Due to High Bacteria Levels

Does anyone know when this toxic sludge dumping will cease along the beach and freeways in Goleta? Goleta City Council, anyone? The beach will take months, if not years to recover, and surely the 6 feet deep sludge along the freeways is going to end up on Goleta beaches also if we get some heavy rain. Enough dumping already.

tagdes Feb 01, 2018 02:48 PM
3 Beaches Remain Closed Due to High Bacteria Levels

I guess since Noleta Beach gets ten times more visitors than Haskel's you guys out there just "don't get no respect". Let's keep it on the down low though that it's really the beach for locals.

horsegirl Feb 01, 2018 02:46 PM
3 Beaches Remain Closed Due to High Bacteria Levels

all that, and tajiguas doesn’t accept wet material, plus the amount of mud and debris we need to move would take up 7 years worth of life from the landfill which is only expected to last 8 more years as it is

tagdes Feb 01, 2018 02:34 PM
3 Beaches Remain Closed Due to High Bacteria Levels

Because it's the closest possible place to dump it. Not only are Montecito beaches private there is no access possibility for dumping and dozing it into the surf. The disaster is in the County and Goleta Beach is a County beach so totally the most expedient and really the only solution.

a-1532229580 Feb 01, 2018 01:54 PM
3 Beaches Remain Closed Due to High Bacteria Levels

Because they can/emergencies sometimes require rash decisions. The search for survivors and victims was considered (reasonably so) greater than the environmental impacts. Are they still dumping?

a-1532229580 Jan 26, 2018 02:24 PM
3 Beaches Remain Closed Due to High Bacteria Levels

Probably the enterococcus level, it is about 75% of the cutoff value. They are dealing with samples only, so it is probably within the margin of error, statistically. Better safe than sorry!

roetter1 Jan 12, 2018 09:06 AM
3 Beaches Remain Closed Due to High Bacteria Levels

Yes, Santa Barbara County Flood Control started dumping mud at Goleta Beach yesterday. Why are they using Goleta Beach, once again, as a dumping ground?? They are dumping toxic sludge on our beaches! Saw it reported with video of dump trucks dumping mud on this morning's KEYT Live Stream footage. "The mud that is gathered in Montecito is getting removed and taken down to the beach." next shot shows the tag line "DUMPING MUD Goleta Beach" and shows dump trucks dumping onto the beach. The ocean should not be a dumping ground! It needs to be taken to a toxic waste facility or designated landfill like Tajiguas. I know we need to pull together as a community, but this could leave longer term impacts on the ocean water quality in Goleta, and "downstream" in Santa Barbara because of longshore currents.

SBZZ Jan 12, 2018 08:53 AM
3 Beaches Remain Closed Due to High Bacteria Levels

Common sense and local awareness make it obvious that you are risking your health if you jump in the water at these hot spot locations the day after the first big rain storm of the year. But the runoff has subsided to a trickle and with dilution, the bacteria counts are way down from Tuesday. I am curious what level of enforcement goes along with this closure.

SBPaul Jan 12, 2018 03:06 AM
3 Beaches Remain Closed Due to High Bacteria Levels

Are they planning on dumping all of the debris at Goleta beach? I completely understand they are trying to save people right now and moving this stuff as quickly as possible is the priority. Its been getting very cold at night and we are now working through day 3 so sadly we are probably close to a recovery effort and I hope that there is a better way than just dumping whatever that muck is in the ocean. Very sad for the loss of life and I don't want to take anything away from that. just don't want to see anymore unnecessary damage or loss of wildlife.

SBPaul Jan 12, 2018 09:05 AM
3 Beaches Remain Closed Due to High Bacteria Levels

I have not seen timbers or rock. The video from KEYT shows sludge and its ending up on the 101 because dump trucks are not meant to haul "smoothies" I would imagine rock and timber are mostly getting shoved aside for now but some need to be removed are being hauled per tagdes description. I think it makes sense to dump some sludge at the beach especially when there is not a better closer option.

SBPaul Jan 12, 2018 08:37 AM
3 Beaches Remain Closed Due to High Bacteria Levels

Makes good sense. The dump trucks filled with sludge look bad but that is obviously not rock and other debris... The ocean is a huge asset and it is probably gonna handle this fine but yuck.

a-1532229580 Jan 12, 2018 08:35 AM
3 Beaches Remain Closed Due to High Bacteria Levels

They are trucking all the collected debris (broken timbers, felled trees, boulders, smashed cars etc) to Goleta Beach? I missed that one, where did you hear that?

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