City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
411 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM: 020317
Closure Lifted at All Beaches; However, New Rain Advisory in Effect from Today’s Rainfall
Nelson Kerr, Manager
Bureau of Environmental Health

Long Beach Health Officials today lifted the closure of all open coastal beaches east of the Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier. Lab results reviewed this afternoon indicated bacterial levels in this area were within State standards for two consecutive days. The closure had been lifted earlier in the week for swimming areas in Alamitos Bay and beaches west of the Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier. The beaches were initially closed following multiple reports of regional sewage spills from the Los Angeles County Sanitation District related to heavy rains in late January.

Separately, a rain advisory for all recreational beaches and bays in the City of Long Beach has been issued following today’s rainfall. After any significant rainfall, unhealthy conditions may result from increased runoff from storm drain outlets and rivers, which eventually reach the City’s beaches. Recreational swimming areas should be avoided for three days following the end of a rainstorm.

For the latest status on Long Beach recreational beach water quality, call the Water Hotline at 562.570.4199 or visit