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March 16, 2012

Water Quality ALERT for South San Diego Beaches

Ocean users advised to avoid ocean water contact

With over three quarters of an inch of rainfall forecasted for the next three days, 40 MPH winds and modeled potential plume impact from the Tijuana River view here, ocean users are advised to AVOID ocean water contact for the next 72 hrs due to potential contamination from the Tijuana River.

Beach closure signs will likely NOT be posted due to the Department of Environmental Health's protocol of only issuing a General Advisory following a significant rainfall event. A General Advisory warns ocean users to avoid ocean water contact for up to 72 hrs. following a rain event in any San Diego County ocean or bay shoreline.

Specific to south San Diego beaches, Tijuana River effluent may impact as far north as Coronado, CA or as far south as Playas de Tijuana (adjacent to Border Field State Park) including the Imperial Beach shoreline. Ocean users are strongly advised to avoid ocean water contact following a rainfall event of this magnitude particularly after a long dry-weather period in any south San Diego beach due to this reason.

Click here for a testimonial of an Imperial Beach surfer who didn't see the beach closure sign.