|Zach Gold with sample tray and Safe to Surf? board|
On December 23, 2010, Heal the Bay Surfrider Club’s Teach and Test Program conducted water quality tests in Santa Monica, after a long episode of rain. Their results were horrifying. Extremely high levels of fecal bacteria were visible in all samples. Zach Gold, Co-president of the club, recommended that all stay out of the water for the time being. Sites that were tested included the Pico-Kenter Drain, the Santa Monica Pier, and Lifeguard Station 26. Visit local surf shops in Santa Monica to check current bacteria levels.
|Sample testing trays; glowing cells show high levels of fecal bacteria|