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VENTURA COUNTY ROUNDUP

Beach Closures

February 02, 2001|JENIFER RAGLAND

Five Ventura County beach areas are posted with "no swimming" signs this week because of excessive bacteria in the water.

Water-quality tests failed to meet minimum health standards at: Promenade Park, Peninsula Beach, Ormond Beach at the industrial drain, Hobie Beach and at Channel Islands Beach Park.

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

Pollution has been a problem at Hobie and Channel Islands beaches since September 1999. Officials at the health division are continuing to try to identify and eliminate the sources of the bacteria contamination.

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

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