Muddy Debris Fills Surf with Storm Runoff

5 North bound 0 South bound 3.5hrs

The rain came down heavy for 3.5 days causing mud slides along the Pacific Coast Highway. The rain also filled local creeks creating rivers of mud that swept debris from the Woosley fire burned hillsides. The debris flow coming from miles away ending at the ocean. The surf was muddy in areas up to 300 yards out from shore. The swash line was filled with plastic bottle caps, broken plastic toys, pipes and general trash. Erosion from the storm surge was evident at the rock climbing wall. Standard*** Rain Advisory in effect for public safety issued by the LA Department of Public Health. The whales however continue to migrate south and north despite deplorable ocean conditions. Today the whales kept to the outside of the muddiest layers as evidenced by the photos below.

***From the LA Department of Public Health:

Ocean Water Quality Rain Advisory A rain advisory is issued when there is significant rainfall that may cause bacteria levels in ocean waters to increase. Bacteria levels can increase significantly during and after rainstorms, as contaminants within the runoff enters the ocean. Bacteria levels may remain elevated up to 3 days depending upon the intensity of the rain and the volume of runoff. Elevated bacteria levels in ocean water may cause illness, especially in children and the elderly. The Department of Public Health recommends that beach users avoid contact with ocean water for a period of 3 days after significant rainfall, especially near flowing storm drains, creeks and rivers.

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