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When is a beach closed?
A beach will be closed at the discretion of the County Health Officer if there is an imminent public health threat such as a known discharge of pollutants. Closed signs stating "KEEP OUT. Sewage Contaminated Water. Contact with Water May Cause Illness" will be posted at the beach.

When a beach is listed under closed status, stay at least 1/4 mile (440 yards) away from both sides of the creek mouth.

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1. When is a beach placed on warning status?
2. When is a beach closed?
3. What exactly are total coliform, fecal coliform, and enterococcus?
4. How does Humboldt County monitor ocean water quality?
5. What are indicator bacteria?
6. Does the health risk to swimmers increase as indicator bacterial levels increase?
7. How do I protect myself from illness-causing bacteria in the ocean?
8. How can I find out about the weekly sampling results?