Ocean Water Monitoring Program
Sampling efforts by Environmental Health Services and other jurisdictions have demonstrated that high levels of bacteria in creeks and ocean water are often associated with storm water runoff. While indicator bacteria are not in themselves pathogenic, their presence indicates that disease causing bacteria may be present. Anecdotal reports have linked high levels of indicator bacteria with skin rashes, sinus infections, and other unhealthful conditions.
In September 1996, Environmental Health Services began weekly year-round testing of 20 beaches between Rincon and Guadalupe Dunes, supported by a combination of State and local funding. Due to reductions in available funding, Environmental Health Services currently tests 16 beaches betweeen February 1 and October 31. In addition, selected beaches are tested during the winter months by the City of Santa Barbara and by SB ChannelKeeper using volunteer samplers and their own private laboratory. Environmental Health Services distributes test results in weekly press releases to several media sources and interested groups and individuals. In addition, a computer database of past results is maintained to help understand trends.
Ocean Water Beach Status
Ocean Water Test Results
To reach our 24 hour recorded Ocean Water Quality Hotline, call (805) 681-4949.
If you have any questions regarding the Ocean Monitoring Program, please contact Willie Brummett: firstname.lastname@example.org or (805) 681-4944.