It's almost October, and yes, it's still darn hot.
You might be thinking of heading to the beach in nearby Dana Point such as Baby Beach, Doheny, or Salt Creek, but heed these warnings from the Ocean Water Protection Program, O.C. Heath Care Agency.
The agency advises swimmers that levels of bacteria can rise significantly in ocean and bay waters adjacent to storm drains, creeks and rivers. Swimmers should avoid coastal waters impacted by discharging storm drains, creeks and rivers and beach users should avoid contact with any runoff on the beach during dry or wet weather conditions.
Bacterial levels in ocean and bay recreational waters exceed health standards at the following locations:
• 150 feet upcoast and 150 feet downcoast of the Selva Road ramp at Salt Creek County Beach.
• From the Dana Point harbor breakwater to 300 feet downcoast of the Dana Point harbor breakwater at Doheny State Beach.
• 500 feet upcoast of the projection of the last campground to the end of the park at Doheny State Beach.
• All of Capistrano County Beach.
• All of Capistrano Bay Community Beach.
- To report a sewage spill during normal business hours (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.), call: (714) 433-6419.
- To report a sewage spill after normal business hours, on weekends or holidays, call: (714) 628-7008.
- To report a bather illness or if you have any other questions, during business hours call: (714) 433-6280.