Celebrating Labor Day at the River or the Beach?
Most people view Labor Day weekend as the last celebration of summer and a final opportunity to enjoy a relaxing water adventure either at the beach or the river. A last hurrah before settling into the fall season. With that in mind, now is a good time to deliver a friendly reminder about water quality when heading to your favorite beach or stream.
First – let’s remember the basic safety tips.
These are some general rules to follow to lower your risk of getting sick when:
Going to the beach
- Swim at least 100 yards from piers and flowing storm drains.
- Because of poor circulation, water quality at enclosed beaches and harbors is often poorer than at open beaches.
- Wait at least 3 days after a rainstorm before diving into the water (and wait at least 5 days before swimming at beaches near storm drains).
Going to the river
- Do not drink the water.
- After water contact, rinse off with soap and water.
- Be aware of your swimming conditions (funny smells, homeless encampments, nearby drainages, posted signs) before entering the water.
Second – knowledge is power.
Heal the Bay has two great, if not awesome, sources of water quality information regardless of whether you are going to the beach or the river. In addition to practicing safe swimming, water enthusiasts should visit Heal the Bay’s Beach Report Card to get the latest information on all California beach conditions. (We publish the Beach Report Card on a weekly basis for the whole year, so can stay informed if you plan on swimming in the ocean beyond Labor Day Weekend.)
If you plan to visit a swimming hole in Los Angeles County this coming weekend, then see our River Report Card to see updated water quality information about these swimming holes.
Our motto has always been, and always will be: KNOW BEFORE YOU GO!
Have a great Labor Day Weekend!