Santa Monica Beach Pier

Santa Monica, California
Managed by LA Waterkeeper

Located along Pacific Coast Highway and divided by the world famous Santa Monica Pier and boardwalk. At the foot of Colorado Boulevard (and the end to Route 66) lies historic Santa Monica Pier which dates from 1909. Sandy beach volleyball courts run south of the pier, additional beach courts run along Ocean Front Walk, and the bicycle path (bicycle rentals are available) runs in both directions from the pier. Muscle Beach lies immediately south of the volleyball courts and contains athletic apparatus and small jungle gyms for children. A few steps further south is the international chess park. Santa Monica Pier Aquarium is also located at the pier and operated by Heal The Bay. Mild surf makes it a prime beach for swimming, body boarding, and body surfing. Large paid parking lots, extremely limited street parking, restrooms, showers, daily life guards, and wooden pathways for handicapped access. Water quality at the pier is monitored five days a week.

WATER QUALITY
  • Failed to meet water quality standards
  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on . LA Waterkeeper 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
21°C
Clear and sunny
MONITORING FREQUENCY

Santa Monica Beach Pier is sampled from January 1st to December 31st

SOURCE INFORMATION

Beach water is tested either once a week or 5 days a week by the City of Los Angeles Environmental Monitoring Division (EMD), County of Los Angeles Department of Health Services (LACDHS), and Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County (LACSD). Freshwater swimming holes, falls and creeks are tested by Council for Watershed Health (CWH) approximately once a week in the summer.

Sample results are emailed from EMD and CWH to LA Waterkeeper, who updates the swim status and information in Swim Guide.

In California, maximum levels for bacteria are established for recreational open beach waters. Single sample maximum levels are 104 Enterococcus /100 ml; and 400 fecal coliform/100 ml; and 10,000 total coliform /100 ml. In waters designated for contact recreation, the median fecal coliform density based on the five most recent samples for any 30-day period shall not exceed 200/100 ml, Fecal and Enterococci density shall not exceed 35/100 ml. Monitoring frequency varies across jurisdictions, most popular beaches are often monitored 5 days a week.

In Los Angeles County bacteriological objectives for freshwater recreation are based on e.coli density. The 30 day geometric mean e.coli density shall not exceed 126/100ml and a single sample limit not to exceed 235/100ml.

Swimmers are advised not to swim within 100 feet of a flowing storm drain. Swimmers are also advised to stay out of the water for 72 hours following a rain event in the area.

WATER QUALITY GRAPH

Santa Monica Beach Pier

Santa Monica, California
Managed by LA Waterkeeper

WATER QUALITY
  • Failed to meet water quality standards
  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on . LA Waterkeeper 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
21°C
Clear and sunny

Located along Pacific Coast Highway and divided by the world famous Santa Monica Pier and boardwalk. At the foot of Colorado Boulevard (and the end to Route 66) lies historic Santa Monica Pier which dates from 1909. Sandy beach volleyball courts run south of the pier, additional beach courts run along Ocean Front Walk, and the bicycle path (bicycle rentals are available) runs in both directions from the pier. Muscle Beach lies immediately south of the volleyball courts and contains athletic apparatus and small jungle gyms for children. A few steps further south is the international chess park. Santa Monica Pier Aquarium is also located at the pier and operated by Heal The Bay. Mild surf makes it a prime beach for swimming, body boarding, and body surfing. Large paid parking lots, extremely limited street parking, restrooms, showers, daily life guards, and wooden pathways for handicapped access. Water quality at the pier is monitored five days a week.

MONITORING FREQUENCY

Santa Monica Beach Pier is sampled from January 1st to December 31st

SOURCE INFORMATION

Beach water is tested either once a week or 5 days a week by the City of Los Angeles Environmental Monitoring Division (EMD), County of Los Angeles Department of Health Services (LACDHS), and Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County (LACSD). Freshwater swimming holes, falls and creeks are tested by Council for Watershed Health (CWH) approximately once a week in the summer.

Sample results are emailed from EMD and CWH to LA Waterkeeper, who updates the swim status and information in Swim Guide.

In California, maximum levels for bacteria are established for recreational open beach waters. Single sample maximum levels are 104 Enterococcus /100 ml; and 400 fecal coliform/100 ml; and 10,000 total coliform /100 ml. In waters designated for contact recreation, the median fecal coliform density based on the five most recent samples for any 30-day period shall not exceed 200/100 ml, Fecal and Enterococci density shall not exceed 35/100 ml. Monitoring frequency varies across jurisdictions, most popular beaches are often monitored 5 days a week.

In Los Angeles County bacteriological objectives for freshwater recreation are based on e.coli density. The 30 day geometric mean e.coli density shall not exceed 126/100ml and a single sample limit not to exceed 235/100ml.

Swimmers are advised not to swim within 100 feet of a flowing storm drain. Swimmers are also advised to stay out of the water for 72 hours following a rain event in the area.

WATER QUALITY GRAPH



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