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Safety Alert: Bacteria Levels Elevated at Tijuana River, South San Diego Bay

The county has issued an alert on water quality in San Diego Bay and the ocean shoreline from the border to the north portion of the Tijuana estuary.

Following rains earlier this week, San Diego County health officials have issued water quality advisories in Imperial Beach, Coronado and Chula Vista.

According to the alert released Wednesday, bacteria levels are high in San Diego Bay near the Tidelands shoreline station in Coronado and J Street in Chula Vista.

The alert also has led to closure of the beach from the U.S.-Mexico border to the southern tip of Seacoast Drive due to contaminated runoff from the Tijuana River.

The county warns that there is:

“High potential for beach impacts from current or recent Tijuana River flow. When flowing, beach water quality impacts and associated unhealthful conditions are eminent in the vicinity of the Tijuana River outlet. Tides, wind, near-shore ocean currents and other factors determine how far north Tijuana River impacts may extend.”

For the latest updates on closures, call (619) 338-2073 or visit the San Diego Coastkeeper beach status page.

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