• Matt Esnayra

LA County issues ocean water warning for Avalon Beach at Catalina Island.

For the second day in a row, LA County Public Health issued an ocean water use warning for Avalon Beach after health officials say bacteria levels near the popular waterfront exceeded state standards.

Why it matters:

LA County's warning arrives weeks after 17 million gallons of untreated sewage were dumped into Santa Monica Bay, closing multiple beaches in Los Angeles County.

  • The spill occurred after a power outage at the Hyperion Water Reclamation Plant in El Segundo, the city's oldest and largest wastewater treatment plant.

  • The warning is for 50 feet west of the pier at Avalon Beach.

  • Under the Trump administration, the EPA made it easier for cities to dump raw sewage into waterways by allowing municipalities to postpone or otherwise change federally mandated improvements to sewer systems, per the NYT.

What they're saying: "The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health continues cautioning residents who are planning to visit the below Los Angeles County beaches to be careful of swimming, surfing, and playing in ocean waters around discharging storm drains, creeks, and rivers," officials said

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