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By Lookout Staff

May 4, 2022 -- The Santa Monica pier is once again under a health advisory for high levels of bacteria issued by Los Angeles County Health officials Wednesday night.

The water 100 yards north and south of the pier -- especially the area around the Pico-Kenter storm drain -- poses a danger to swimmers, surfers and those playing in the ocean, health officials said.

The stretch of Santa Monica Beach joined Mother’s Beach in Marina Del Rey, Topanga Canyon Beach in Malibu and Castlerock Storm Drain at Topanga Canyon Beach on the advisory list.

"These warnings have been issued due to bacterial levels exceeding health standards when last tested," officials said.

Sites are considered "potentially unsafe if bacteria levels exceeded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s most protective 'Beach Action Value' threshold," according to Environment America, a network of 29 state environmental groups.

That is the level at which the agency estimates 32 out of 1,000 swimmers will get sick from swimming in those waters, according to the group.

The area around the pier surfaces on County Health advisories throughout the year.

Heal the Bay's 2020-21 Beach Report Card, which was issued late last June, gave the pier water a D grade during dry summer weather, which covers the period from April to October 2020. The area barely avoided the infamous Beach Bummers list.

The Pier received an F during dry winter weather, from November 2020 to March 2021, and also received an F during wet weather, when rain flushes contaminants and pollution, including bacteria, from streets directly into the ocean.

On Wednesday, health officials lifted the advisory for Inner Cabrillo Beach in San Pedro after water sample results found water quality levels are within State standards, officials said.

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