Local media reported that there was a sewage spill on Tuesday, June 17th, that entered a local storm drain which resulted in nearly 500 gallons being dumped in and around Garbage Beach. Garbage Beach is a favorite surfing and swimming area along beautiful Sunset Cliffs.
The overflow of sewage is reported to have begun at Ladera and Cordova Streets just before 8 a.m. City crews jumped right on it, and said they had it under control in less than 30 minutes.
But apparently, during that half hour it’s estimated that approximately 1,300 gallons of raw sewage flowed out of the system and into the storm drain at the corner of Sunset Cliffs Boulevard. That’s right where the stairs down to Garbage are, of course. The County Department of Environmental Health made the report and estimated about “465 gallons made it onto the nearby shoreline.”
Signs were posted warning of the contamination. They’ll stay up until DEH does follow-up testing before they’ll say the surf is clean and safe enough for swimming and surfing. Channel 6