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Beach and Bay Historical Reports and Summaries

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Two of the primary goals of the Beach and Bay Monitoring Program are to document information about water quality at San Diego's beaches and bays and provide this information to the public. There are a number of ways this information is disseminated to the public, including beach signage,  the Beach and Bay Hotline Message (619-338-2073) and of course this website. The following indicators are used to track and document beach water quality in San Diego County and also merit notification to the public when potentially unhealthful water quality conditions exist.

  1. General (Rain) Advisories are issued when rainfall equal to or greater than 0.20 inch is received in coastal or valley areas of San Diego County. This can lead to elevated bacterial levels in ocean and bay water, especially those located adjacent to storm drains, creeks, rivers, and lagoon outlets. The Department of Environmental Health (DEH) advises beach users to avoid contact with ocean and bay water for a period of 72 hours after rainfall ends.
  2. Bacterial Exceedance Advisories are issued when monitoring (laboratory analysis) reveals ocean or bay water quality does not meet State health standards due to high bacterial levels. DEH advises beach users to avoid water contact at beaches posted with white advisory signs.
  3. Precautionary Advisories are issued when dredging or other excavation occurs in the vicinity of coastal areas, especially coastal outlets such as lagoons and rivers, which can potentially lead to elevated bacterial levels. DEH advises beach users to avoid water contact at beaches posted with white advisory signs.
  4. Tijuana River Associated Closures are issued whenever the Tijuana River is flowing as river water is known to be impacted with sewage. When the Tijuana River is flowing, the extent of beach closures can range from the international border north to Coronado. The minimum closure extent associated with Tijuana River flow includes the shoreline from the international border to the south end of Seacoast Drive in Imperial Beach, approximately 2.26 miles. DEH advises beach users to avoid water contact at beaches posted with red and yellow closure signs at beach access points.
  5. Spill Associated Closures (Chemical or Sewage) are issued whenever beaches or bays may become impacted as a result of a chemical spill or sanitary sewer overflow (SSO).  The majority of non-Tijuana River associated closures are the result of sewage spills or SSOs. DEH advises beach users to avoid water contact at beaches posted with red and yellow closure signs.

Historical Reports and Summaries

2012

2012 Beach Health Summary

2011

2011 Beach Health Summary

2010

2010 Beach Health Summary

2009

2009 Beach Health Summary

2008

2008 Beach Health Summary

2007

2007 Beach Health Summary
2007 Beach Closure & Advisory Report, Appendix

2006

2006 Beach Closure & Advisory Report Summary
2006 Beach Closure & Advisory Report, Appendix

2005

2005 Beach Closure & Advisory Report Report Summary Page
2005 Beach Closure and Advisory Report, Appendix

2004

2004 Beach Closure and Advisory Report, Appendix
2004 Beach Closure and Advisory Report Summary Page

2003

2003 Beach Closure and Advisory Report, Appendix
2003 Beach Closure and Advisory Report Summary Page

2002

2002 Beach Closure and Advisory Report, Appendix
2002 Beach Closure And Advisory Report Summary Page

2001

2001 Beach Closure and Advisory Report, Appendix
2001 Beach Closure And Advisory Report Summary Page

Ocean Illness Survey Report

Ocean Illness Reporting Form

2000 Beach Closure and Advisory Report Summary Page

Beach Water Quality Information