4 Los Angeles County beaches remain under high bacteria warning – but there are options for swimming amid the pollution…
On a beach where the temperature and the conditions for swimming seem perfect, this year’s health advisories and advisories have been out of whack.
The latest health advisory from the American Drowning Prevention Center for California beaches, which includes Los Angeles County, was issued Sept. 16 and is currently in effect.
It requires patients with respiratory and skin infections to be isolated for 24 hours before getting onto the tide pools or surf after swimming.
The state’s Department of Public Health continues to post advisories and advisories on beaches on its website, and county officials have been scrambling to find answers to the questions surfers have been asking.
“It’s a real challenge because it’s overwhelming,” said Edie Sanchez, the director of community services for the county of Los Angeles.
Public Health and environmental groups have both issued statements critical of the county health department for its handling of the warnings.
But while there’s no real way to make people feel better about their choices on the beach, Sanchez said, “We’re trying to be transparent and transparent with the public – we’re trying to ensure everyone’s awareness of what is going on.”
It’s been a particularly busy summer for Los Angeles County beaches, whose waters have become a testing ground for pollution.
For the third consecutive year, the Drowning Prevention Center issued advisories and advisories for swimming at a handful of beaches after bacteria and fecal matter were detected in samples taken Sept. 1-6 from the water.
The county’s beaches – the beach at Malibu Creek, where the advisory was issued on Sept. 10, as well at the Los Osos Creek and in the vicinity of the Malibu Pier, where county officials initially said the advisories may go into effect last weekend – each posted the health advisories by Sept. 14.
Some beaches were in violation of the advisory before that, but the bacteria readings came back with an increase in bacteria in water samples taken in October and November.
The county public health department issued the health advisories on Sept. 16 after the water samples came back showing levels of “unusual bacteria” were on the rise. More than 400 samples were taken from six beaches: Ocean Beach in Malibu, La Mina