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RECREATIONAL WATERS PROGRAM

 

Ocean Monitoring : What do the Signs Mean?

bacteria levels exceed warning sign

The "WARNING" sign with the "YELLOW" background is used in areas of the beach where testing indicates that bacteria levels exceed State bacteriological standards. Contact with ocean water in these areas may cause individuals to become ill. Avoid water contact where signs are posted and areas between posted signs. Signs are normally posted every 50 yards.

storm drains warning sign

The "WARNING" sign with the "WHITE" background  is used at or near storm drains to warn people of elevated bacteria levels at or adjacent to the storm drain. Contact with ocean water in these areas may cause individuals to become ill. Avoid water contact where signs are posted and areas between posted signs. Signs are normally posted every 50 yards.

 

beach closed sign

The "BEACH CLOSED" sign  with the "RED" background is used when there is a sewage spill or chemical discharge affecting ocean waters. It means the water is contaminated and individuals should avoid any and all water contact. Avoid water contact where signs are posted and areas between posted signs.

 

Beach Water Quality Advisories Sign

The "BEACH WATER QUALITY ADVISORIES" sign is used to provide links to beach water quality information via a QR code and website link to the Beach Advisories page of the Environmental Health website, and by providing the Beach Water Quality Hotline phone number. Signs may be posted at beach entrances and at the beach.

 


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