All that litter and trash and even needles and goodness knows what...ultimately washes through storm drains into the ocean Credit: Thomas Leffler

Following the recent rainfall, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health advises beach users to avoid all water contact, especially near discharging storm drains, creeks, and rivers due to potentially higher bacteria levels in these areas.

This includes any runoff that may flow onto or pond on the beach sand. Ocean and bay recreational waters, especially near discharging storm drains, creeks and rivers can be contaminated with bacteria, chemicals, debris, trash, and other public health hazards from city streets and mountain areas after rain.

Individuals who enter the water in these areas could become ill. Rain advisories remain in effect for 72 hours after the rainfall ends. This advisory will be in effect until at least Saturday, November 18, 2023, at 1:30 p.m. and may be extended depending on further precipitation.

Recorded information on beach conditions is available 24-hours a day on the County’s beach closure hotline: 1-800-525-5662.  To view map of impacted locations and for more information please visit:

Thomas Leffler has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcast Journalism from Penn State University and has been in the industry since 2015. Prior to working at SMDP, he was a writer for AccuWeather and managed...