Storm runoff affects local beaches

LOS ANGELES - Recent rainstorms have created public health hazards at local beaches as bacteria, trash and debris are traveling through storm drains and rivers before being dumped into ocean waters."Fortunately, discharging storm drains, creeks and rivers only comprises a small portion of the beach, and therefore, anybody who wants to go to the beach will be able to enjoy their outing," said Dr. Jonathan Fielding, director of public health for Los Angeles County. "We do advise swimmers and surfers to stay away from the storm drains, creeks and rivers as there is the possibility that bacteria or chemicals from debris and trash may contaminate the water near and around these areas, and some individuals may become ill." Recorded information on beach conditions is available 24 hours a day on the county's beach closure hotline at (800) 525-5662.

********** Published: January 6, 2011 - Volume 9 - Issue 38