Skip to Content

Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Public Health Departments issue rain advisory for countywide beaches

Santa Barbara County Public Health Department

SANTA BARBARA & SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY, Calif. – The Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Public Health Departments have issued a general rain advisory to avoid swimming, surfing, or water based activities due to the potential health risks tied to the rain storms water runoff in the local area.

Storm water is untreated rain water that travels via the drain system into local natural waterways including creeks and the ocean.

Those that ingest the water, swim in the water, surf, or make direct contact with unclean storm runoff people can experience vomiting, diarrhea, rashes, and other common infections.

Both Public Health Departments recommend that countywide beachgoers do not swim or surf in the ocean and area creeks for at least three days following a rain event.

Those that harvest shellfish should wait ten days to do so to avoid marine life that may have filtered bacteria, pesticides, herbicides and other contaminants such as motor oil grease flushed into the ocean from storm runoff.

Even after proper cooking of recently harvested shellfish, there is still a risk of illness.

Article Topic Follows: Santa Barbara - South County
environment
KEYT
ocean
rain
Santa Barbara
santa Barbara public health department
Author Profile Photo

Andrew Gillies

Andrew is a Digital Content Producer and Assignment Desk Assistant for News Channel 3-12. For more about Andrew, click here.

Author Profile Photo

Drew Ascione

Drew is the Assignment Editor at News Channel 3-12. To learn more about Drew, click here.

BE PART OF THE CONVERSATION

News Channel 3-12 is committed to providing a forum for civil and constructive conversation.

Please keep your comments respectful and relevant. You can review our Community Guidelines by clicking here

If you would like to share a story idea, please submit it here.

Skip to content