• Lovers Point posted for bacteria again

    It may be moot as the presence of nursing harbor seals has necessitated the closure of Lovers Point Beach for human activity. But Monterey County Health Department has once again posted the beach as unsafe due to high bacteria levels found in samples taken from the water. A total of six beaches in Carmel, Pebble Beach, Pacific Grove, and Monterey were placed under water hazard advisories Tuesday afternoon due to high bacteria levels found in samples taken from the ocean.KSBW TV advises the public is urged to not have ocean water contact at the following six beaches:

    • Monterey Municipal Beach, Monterey
    • San Carlos Beach, Monterey
    • Lovers Point, Pacific Grove
    • Asilomar Beach at Sunset Drive, Pacific Grove
    • Spanish Bay, Pebble Beach
    • Carmel Beach at Ocean Avenue, Carmel

    Signs will remain posted until new samples indicate that bacteria levels have dropped to safe levels for water contact.

    Higher levels of bacteria have been associated with the increased potential risk of illness. Bacteria, viruses, protozoa or chemicals may contaminate storm-drain water, and contact with storm-drain water may cause illness.

    There are various sources of bacteria, including marine life, rainfall runoff, storm drains, and human activity. Rainfall is associated with increased bacterial levels due to runoff, particularly in the area of man-made and natural storm drains such as culverts, streams and rivers.

    For more information on Monterey Peninsula ocean water quality, call the Monterey County Health Office’s hotline at 800-347-6363.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on April 10, 2013

    Topics: Front PG News, Green

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