Samples from Two Northern California Beaches Show High Bacterial Levels
Monterey County Health Department officials are warning people about high bacteria levels found in water samples taken Tuesday at Monterey Municipal Beach and Carmel Beach at Ocean Avenue.
The two beaches will have advisories posted until samples indicate that bacteria are at a safe level for recreational water contact in compliance with state guidelines, according to county health officials.
Higher levels of bacteria can potentially cause illness when people come in contact with the waters it lives in. There are several possible sources of bacteria like marine life and other animals, rainfall runoff, storm drains and human activity, county health officials said.
More information on the status of Monterey Peninsula beaches can be obtained by calling a hotline at (800) 347-6363 or visiting the health department’s website at www.mtyhd.org/beaches.