City Task Force Works Together to Open Sand and Keep Community Safe
Our Laguna Beach Oil Spill Response Task Force, made up of members of our Public Works Department, Marine Safety Department, and Police Department worked together early Friday morning to reopen the sand for the public. Only the sand - not the shoreline or water - is open in Laguna Beach. Through out the weekend, this task force has continued to work together to mitigate reports of oil, provide updated signage and maintain shoreline closures due to the oil spill.
US Coast Guard Clean-Up Crews Worked Throughout the Weekend to Clean Our Beaches
US Coast Guard contracted clean-up crews from Patriot Environmental Services (crews pictured here in yellow jackets) worked continually all weekend cleaning Laguna beaches. We do still have reports of some small oil tarballs coming up at some of our beaches. The US Department of Game and Fish has been also very responsive in skimming any small amounts of oil seen in the ocean from our drone before it makes it to the beach.
Future Reopening of Water to be Done in Consultation with Partner Agencies
The City of Laguna Beach will work with the Incident Command Post Public Assessment Unit and the Orange County Health Officer to determine when the water is safe to reopen through County water sampling and testing. The County is anticipating to receive the results of the testing by mid-week. The City is also conducting its own water sampling through Rincon at four locations. A sampling was done last Friday, another one today and we will continue sampling our coastline several times weekly and compare our samples to those done by the County.
We will continue to monitor the beaches for the next few weeks. There may be intermittent isolated beach closures if there is oil appearing on beaches.