Water Advisory Still In Effect at Dog Beach

by on August 14, 2023 · 2 comments

in Health, Ocean Beach

The County is still issuing a water advisory for Dog Beach in Ocean Beach due to high levels of bacteria and are advising people and pets to avoid water contact.

The advisory for Dog Beach has been in effect since August 3.

Station: San Diego River outlet to 300′ South (FM-010)
Status Since: August 3, 2023
Bacteria levels exceed health standards. Avoid water contact in the advisory area.


Advisories are issued to warn beach users as follows:

  • A Bacterial Exceedance Advisory is issued when ocean or bay water sample results exceed State health standards due to high bacteria levels.
  • A Precautionary Advisory is issued when DEHQ determines there is a potential for elevated bacteria due to dredging, lagoon opening or other sources in the vicinity of coastal areas.
  • DEHQ directs beach users to avoid contact with ocean and bay waters in the advisory area. Beach water quality monitoring uses bacterial indicators to test for the presence of possible pathogens. The bacterial indicators are not specific to humans, and may be from other sources including wildlife, pets, soils, and rotting vegetation like kelp. Ocean or bay waters with elevated bacterial indicators may contain human pathogens that can cause illnesses.

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lw August 14, 2023 at 6:48 pm

Well, why would you expect anything else? If we let our kids pee and poop out in the sand, even though we pick it up,it will affect the environment? DUH
It’s like the Calcutta of the doggie world. Ask any vet.


Frank Gormlie August 15, 2023 at 10:25 am

The water advisory at Dog Beach is still up.


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