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Sewage Spill Closes Mother's Beach, Marine Stadium

A 1,000-gallon flow into the Cerritos Channel Sunday afternoon shuts the popular family beachfront and prompts a warning by Long Beach health officials against water contact at Marine Stadium.

A sewage spill in the Cerritos Channel has resulted in the closure of Mother's Beach in Alamitos Bay in Long Beach, city officials announced late Sunday.

The news alert in full:

The City's Health Officer ordered Mother's Beach closed to water contact until testing confirms that the results are within State standards. The low volume spill was reported and contained on Sunday afternoon, and is estimated to be approximately 1,000 gallons. The spill originated in the Bixby Terrace area, due to a failure of a private sump pump.

 Due to the proximity of the spill to Mother's Beach the beach will be closed, and Marine Stadium will also be closed to water contact. The City's Health Department has posted the beach as closed and lifeguards are enforcing the closure. The City's Health Department will sample the water Monday morning to determine if the beach can be reopened.

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Mike Ruehle October 01, 2012 at 06:13 AM
This is NOT an isolated incident. Out of 15 test points within Long Beach's city limits, six of the areas under surveillance received averaged D or F grades in in the month of September, meaning these waters have the worst level of bacteria in the state according to Heal The Bay. http://brc.healthebay.org/
Shore Resident October 01, 2012 at 05:38 PM
But the locale this article have received A of B grades the last few reports. The beaches in the harbor area are greatly affected by the Los Angeles river mouth. Perhaps you should start tilting at windmills further north of Long Beach.
Nancy Wride October 01, 2012 at 09:04 PM
There are almost too many reports and it gets a little confusing, to me. The last, I believe, had Long Beach surprisingly slipping by 15%, but still got an 85% for the month in question. We also are now posting a countywide interactive map on Saturday mornings, which features Long Beach on it.
Lars Rosenblad October 02, 2012 at 03:58 AM
Mike R is correct that there were a lot of D and F grades in September, including Mother's Beach, but no beach closures (I am not sure why). Certainly there are issues upstream, but there are plenty of issues in Long Beach with local trash and discharge to keep us busy for a long time.

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