Beach closure, sewage
Authorities closed a stretch of beaches near the border because of sewage contamination from the Tijuana River. Photo courtesy of County News Center

Updated 2:35 pm, July 20, 2015

The County of San Diego Department of Environmental Health Monday issued an advisory closing all Coronado beaches due to sewage-contaminated runoff from the Tijuana River. The new beach advisory expands upon Sunday’s closures of the Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge shoreline, Imperial Beach and Silver Strand State Beach which remain closed.

Officials cited the weekend’s heavy rainfall and northward moving ocean currents as reasons for closing the beaches.  Signs warning of sewage and contaminated water will remain in place at the closed beaches until water quality measurements indicate that the ocean is safe for recreational use.

The DEH has also issued a “General Advisory” for nearly every beach in San Diego County, from as far south as the Mexican border all the way to Camp Pendleton. Though they have not closed these beaches, DEH officials have urged beachgoers to stay out of the water for at least 72 hours after heavy rainfall.  For updates on beach closures and water quality information, www.sdbeachinfo.com.