Pillar Point Harbor and Venice Beach Bacteria TMDL
Since 2002, beaches in Pillar Point Harbor and Venice Beach near Half Moon Bay have been on the 303(d) list for impairment from elevated levels of indicator bacteria. Poor water quality due to bacteria has persisted over the years and bacteria densities in the waters of the beaches have exceeded the numeric water quality objectives for Enterococcus, which are types of bacteria that indicate the potential for fecal contamination in marine waters. High levels of Enterococcus suggest presence of pathogenic organisms that are found in the waste of humans and warm-blooded animals (e.g., cows, horses, dogs and wildlife). These pathogens pose potential health risks to people who swim in contaminated waters and may also adversely affect marine animals.
TMDL Development Process
NEW - October 13, 2020 A proposed Basin Plan amendment to establish a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) for bacteria in Pillar Point Harbor and Venice Beach and to incorporate state-wide bacteria objectives into the Basin Plan is available for public review. The public comment period ends on December 1, 2020.
- Notice of Public Hearing and notice of filing a Draft Environmental Document for Bacteria TMDL in Pillar Point Harbor and Venice Beach
- Proposed Basin Plan Amendment to establish the TMDL and incorporate bacteria objectives into the Basin Plan (October 13, 2020)
- Supporting Staff Report, including the draft environmental document for the Bacteria TMDL Amendment (October 13, 2020)
- Presentation slides from December 4, 2019 Public Workshop and CEQA Scoping Meeting
- Notice of Public Workshop and CEQA Scoping Meeting (December 4, 2019)
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