Shell Beach (SEW7)

Pismo Beach, California
Managed by The Swim Guide

The Shell Beach community is situated atop a cliff top overlooking some of California’s most beautiful coastline. The beach is bordered to the east by residences, several hotels and restaurants and California’s Highway 101. Although not easily accessible, many tourists enjoying taking a trip down the winding steps for a better view of the beach and to take a look at the many tide pools. The beach is also a popular launching point for many Kayakers. Limited parking is available along the streets, mostly near residences, and there are no public facilities which are readily accessible from the beach. However, a playground, parking, and restroom facilities are located nearer to Highway 101.

WATER QUALITY
  • Passed water quality tests at least 95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on . The Swim Guide updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on at
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CURRENT WEATHER
16°C
Cloudy
MONITORING FREQUENCY

Shell Beach (SEW7) is sampled weekly from January 1st to December 31st

SOURCE INFORMATION

Environmental Health Services collects water samples weekly throughout the year to test for bacteria levels. Swim Guide checks daily for the latest results.

The standards for indicator bacteria are as follows:

Single sample maximum
Total Coliform > 10,000 MPN (Most Probable Number) / 100 ml of water
Fecal Coliform > 400 MPN / 100 ml
Enterococcus > 104 MPN / 100 ml

Geometric Mean (5 samples collected over a 30 day period)
Total Coliform > 1,000 MPN / 100 ml of water
Fecal Coliform > 200 MPN / 100 ml
Enterococcus > 33 MPN / 100 ml

A coastal beach is marked Green when bacteria levels for a single day and geometric mean are below the standards mentioned.

A coastal beach is marked Red when bacteria levels for a single day or the geometric mean are above the standards mentioned.

A beach is marked Grey when there is no current or reliable monitoring information available.

Swimmers are also advised not to swim within 100 feet of a flowing storm drain or within 50 yards of an advisory sign.

WATER QUALITY GRAPH

Shell Beach (SEW7)

Pismo Beach, California
Managed by The Swim Guide

WATER QUALITY
  • Passed water quality tests at least 95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on . The Swim Guide updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on at
For water quality icon legend, click:   
CURRENT WEATHER
16°C
Cloudy

The Shell Beach community is situated atop a cliff top overlooking some of California’s most beautiful coastline. The beach is bordered to the east by residences, several hotels and restaurants and California’s Highway 101. Although not easily accessible, many tourists enjoying taking a trip down the winding steps for a better view of the beach and to take a look at the many tide pools. The beach is also a popular launching point for many Kayakers. Limited parking is available along the streets, mostly near residences, and there are no public facilities which are readily accessible from the beach. However, a playground, parking, and restroom facilities are located nearer to Highway 101.

MONITORING FREQUENCY

Shell Beach (SEW7) is sampled weekly from January 1st to December 31st

SOURCE INFORMATION

Environmental Health Services collects water samples weekly throughout the year to test for bacteria levels. Swim Guide checks daily for the latest results.

The standards for indicator bacteria are as follows:

Single sample maximum
Total Coliform > 10,000 MPN (Most Probable Number) / 100 ml of water
Fecal Coliform > 400 MPN / 100 ml
Enterococcus > 104 MPN / 100 ml

Geometric Mean (5 samples collected over a 30 day period)
Total Coliform > 1,000 MPN / 100 ml of water
Fecal Coliform > 200 MPN / 100 ml
Enterococcus > 33 MPN / 100 ml

A coastal beach is marked Green when bacteria levels for a single day and geometric mean are below the standards mentioned.

A coastal beach is marked Red when bacteria levels for a single day or the geometric mean are above the standards mentioned.

A beach is marked Grey when there is no current or reliable monitoring information available.

Swimmers are also advised not to swim within 100 feet of a flowing storm drain or within 50 yards of an advisory sign.

WATER QUALITY GRAPH



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