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Surfrider's blue water task force strongly advises avoiding water contact for the next 48-72 hours to avoid getting sick from these high levels of bacteria.

Following heavy rainfall this week, there were significantly elevated levels of bacteria identified at Santa Monica Beach on testing done Wednesday, March 14.

All of the 3 sites where Surfrider Foundation Los Angeles Blue Water Task Force conducts testing, showed elevated levels of Enterococcus bacteria. The EPA-recommended threshold for safe levels is less than 104 CFU (most probable number of colony forming units). .

The peak levels in front of Station 26, Shutters/Pico-Kenter stormdrain, and the Pier were 504, 1396, and 364 CFU, respectively. Note in particular the very high level of bacteria in front of the storm drain by Shutters.

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