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Pier Waters Remain Under Health Advisory

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By Lookout Staff

May 12, 2022 -- The waters around the Santa Monica pier remained under a health advisory for high levels of bacteria, Los Angeles County Health officials said Thursday.

The only other LA County Beach that failed to meet the State standards for water quality was Castlerock Storm Drain at Topanga County Beach, officials said.

Those visiting either beach should "avoid swimming, surfing, and playing in ocean waters."

The water 100 yards north and south of the pier -- especially the area around the Pico-Kenter storm drain -- poses a danger due to high levels of bacteria, officials said.

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

Mother’s Beach in Marina Del Rey and Topanga Canyon Beach in Malibu have been removed from the list.

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

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.

Water quality near the pier suffers from natural factors including bird debris, but it is expected to improve with the construction of the Sustainable Water Infrastructure Project (SWIP), a stormwater harvesting tank.

The $96 million project includes a below grade stormwater and sewer treatment facility at the Civic Center Lot with a capacity for 1 million gallons per day and two new stormwater harvesting tanks at Memorial Park and the Civic Center Lot, with 1.5 million gallon capacity.

The project "will improve local beach water quality by diverting stormwater away for treatment and beneficial reuse," City officials said.

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