Published 7/28/2009 on LBPost.com
After about 1,000 gallons of
sewage spilled near the Los Cerritos Channel last night, health
officials have closed Mother’s Beach, Marine Stadium and the Colorado
Lagoon. The three recreational areas are some of the city’s most
popular during the hot summer days, and have been packed with swimmers
in recent weeks. Unfortunately, the Los Cerritos Channel leads directly
to these areas and could vry well have contaminated them with sewage.
A press release from the
City’s health officials indicates that the spill has been contained and
crews are working to remove the blockage. Tests of the water are being
conducted to determine when the beaches will be re-opened. We will keep
you posted with any updates we receive.
to reports, the overflow was caused when a circuit breaker at a private
pump station near CSULB malfunctioned last night.
The full press release:
Acting City Health Officer
Fred Herman, M.D., has issued a beach closure order for Mother’s Beach,
Marine Stadium and Colorado Lagoon in Long Beach. The order was issued
due to a sewage overflow that entered the storm system approximately ¼
mile away from the Los Cerritos Channel. Los Cerritos Channel leads
directly to Mother’s Beach, Marine Stadium and Colorado Lagoon.
The spill, reported to Health Officials last night at approximately 10:30pm,
originated in the Bixby Terrace Area, just east of CSULB. The amount
is estimated at approximately 1000 gallons. The sewage discharge
has been contained and crews are currently working to remove the blockage.
The City’s Fire Department, Lifeguards have posted the affected areas
with closure signs. Decisions on the duration of the beach closures
and postings will be based on the water test results. The Health
Department will be conducting daily bacterial testing of these areas until
bacteria levels are within State standards. All water contact activity
will be prohibited in these areas until bacteria levels are safe for swimming
as determined by the City’s Health Officer.
Further information about the water quality in Long Beach may be obtained
from the Department of Health and Human Services Water Quality Information
Line (562) 570-4199, or from the Department’s website at www.longbeach.gov/health.