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VENTURA COUNTY ROUNDUP

Beach Closures

October 20, 2000|JENIFER RAGLAND

Excessive bacteria in the water of two Ventura County beaches means "no swimming" signs will be posted for the foreseeable future.

Hobie Beach and Channel Islands Harbor Beach Park, where water pollution has been a problem since last year, are the only beaches closed to swimmers this week.

Officials at the county's Environmental Health Division are continuing to try to identify and eliminate the sources of the bacteria contamination.

Channel Islands Harbor Beach Park, also known as Kiddie Beach, was named the most polluted beach in Southern California in Heal the Bay's 10th annual report card.

Swimmers should keep at least 50 yards from each side of the closure signs to avoid bacteria, health division officials say.

Weekly beach testing occurs at 53 sites in Ventura County, and results can be obtained by calling the county's ocean water-quality hot line at 662-6555 or by visiting the division's Web site at http://www.ventura.org/env_hlth/ocean.htm.

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