General Rain Advisory Issued for San Diego County Coastal Waters

The Department of Environmental Health and Quality has issued a general rain advisory for coastal waters in San Diego County. This advisory comes after Tropical Storm Hilary brought record August rainfall to the region. People are encouraged to avoid the water for at least 72 hours, especially in areas near drains, creeks, rivers, and lagoon outlets.

Runoff from rainfall can increase bacteria levels in the ocean, making the water potentially unsafe for recreational activities. Surfer Rodney Henson recently flew his drone over a beach in Cardiff, a notorious spot for runoff accumulation, to warn fellow surfers of the potential danger.

What he captured on his drone footage was alarming. Henson used a polarized lens to highlight the presence of sewage contaminating the area. The stark contrast between the saltwater and the deep coffee-colored runoff indicated the presence of chemicals and oils. This contamination is likely a result of runoff from the streets, as well as sewage plants and treatment centers.

The video captured by Rodney Henson has been shared on his YouTube channel, “Surfing Hollywood.” It serves as a visual reminder of the importance of avoiding areas with high levels of runoff, especially after heavy rainfall.

To protect the health and safety of beachgoers, it is crucial to heed the general rain advisory and to stay out of the water for the specified 72-hour period. This will help minimize the risk of exposure to potentially harmful bacteria and contaminants.

Definitions:
– Runoff: Water that flows over the land surface after rainfall, carrying with it various pollutants and contaminants.
– Bacteria levels: The concentration of bacteria in a particular body of water.
– Sewage: Waste matter, including human excrement, that is carried away from homes and buildings through a system of pipes for disposal or treatment.
– Recreational activities: Activities done for enjoyment and relaxation, such as swimming, surfing, or sunbathing.

Source: Department of Environmental Health and Quality, KUSI News