High Bacterial Counts Make OB Waters Unsafe – Everyone Asked to Stay Out till Results Come Back Tuesday

by on January 28, 2014 · 3 comments

in Environment, Health, Ocean Beach

polluted water signSwimmers, surfers and bathers in Ocean Beach are asked not to go into the ocean until test results are compiled today, Tuesday, Jan. 28.

High bacterial levels have been found through routine tests off Dog Beach.  Pollutants coming from the San Diego River are being blamed but lifeguards admit they’re not certain what is causing the problem.

Lifeguards also stated that it’s unusual to have such a high bacteria count without it having rained a good deal.

San Diego Lifeguard Lt. Rich Stropsky spoke to the media:

“The county couldn’t say what was happening with that. It could be heavy dog use in the area, it could be some bloom of some bacteria in the river. They really don’t know what the cause is,”

The beaches in OB have not been closed, but humans and dogs are urged to stay out of the water until the results of more tests come in today.



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Joey Racano January 28, 2014 at 9:20 am

Is there any waterman in San Diego who has any knowledge of the 301h waiver allowing San Diego to dump 50 billion gallons a year into Point Loma without secondary treatment- and that secondary treatment was the minimum required 45 years ago??? Where do you think all those pathogens go bro bra?

It’s coming up again for yet another 5 year ‘temporary’ extension, and this time, you better beat back your bribe taking enviro organizations.


Joey Racano, Director
Ocean Outfall Group


Frank Gormlie January 28, 2014 at 10:20 am

See San Diego’s own groksurf at http://groksurf.com/


want2surf January 29, 2014 at 8:18 am

Excellent link, Frank.
Here’s the specific reference, from 2009!

Where does the city stand on this today? What do Alvarez and Faulconer have to say about the 301h waiver?


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