Imperial Beach-Seacoast Drive

Imperial Beach, California

Located at the end of Imperial Beach lies Seacoast Drive’s dead end. The view directly south is home to the beautiful, wide open space that is the Tijuana River Estuary. There are a few parking spaces along the drive with a walking path that takes you to a lookout point in one direction or the beach in the other. The beach is wide and good for walking, dogs are welcome on a leash. There are no public restrooms along this stretch of sand, nor lifeguard stands. Surfing can be a popular activity here, but the waters in Imperial Beach are chronically contaminated with sewage pollution spilling out through the Tijuana River. Check for County issued Beach Advisory/Beach Closure signs that may be posted.

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is essential right now. Follow the advice of the health experts. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Heading to the beach should only be considered an option if social distancing practices can be followed. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter the efforts to curb the virus’ spread.

For more information, please visit the World Health Organization public resource on COVID-19.

Water Quality
  • Met water quality standards less than 60% of the time

  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on March 12th, 2020. Surfrider Foundation - San Diego Chapter updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on March 14th, 2020 at 12:29 AM.
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Monitoring Frequency

Imperial Beach-Seacoast Drive is sampled weekly from January 1st to December 31st.

Source Information

Volunteers from Surfrider San Diego’s Blue Water Task Force sample 10 different local coastal water sites every Thursday for Enterococcus, a coliform bacteria indicative of fecal levels in the surface water. This includes beaches, bays, and river outlets. Testing occurs throughout the entire year for all ten sampling sites and samples are processed at one of three labs using IDEXX’s Enterolert, the same test kit used by the EPA to analyze water samples under the Clean Water Act. Within 24 hours, samples are analyzed and shared via the BWTF website, Swim Guide, our social media channels, and our weekly community science and water quality email newsletter, The Weekend Beach Report.

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Results will be displayed on the Swim Guide as one of three colors: green (0-35MPN/100mL), red (104 MPN/100mL-maximum detectable threshold), or gray if there is no current results or no available information. Green signifies that it is safe to recreate in waters at the sampling site due to low bacterial levels. Red means bacteria levels are unsafe. If a sampling site is displayed as red, Surfrider Foundation recommends you do not swim in the area for at least 72 hours. To view results please visit https://bwtf.surfrider.org/report/31 or theswimguide.org.

Although BWTF does not publish beach closures or advisories, our results are regularly consistent with our local Department of Environmental Health’s testing and results. A special status on our sampling sites in San Diego (most likely IB Pier, Seacoast Drive) is typically due to the consistent spilling of sewage near the U.S.-Mexico border. The Tijuana River Estuary is the outlet for overflow from sewage and manufacturing plants that are not able to process excessive amounts of discharge. This frequently happens immediately after a rainstorm. Since the end of 2019, when a rainstorm broke a sewage plant’s system located near the Tijuana River, there has been a constant flow of ~20 million gallons of raw sewage spilling directly into the ocean every day. Due to ocean currents, this sewage moves North and frequently pollutes beaches in San Diego county (Imperial Beach and sometimes Coronado beach).

*MPN/100mL- Most probable number of Enterococcus colony forming units per 100 milliliters

Water Quality Graph

Imperial Beach-Seacoast Drive

Imperial Beach, California

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is essential right now. Follow the advice of the health experts. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Heading to the beach should only be considered an option if social distancing practices can be followed. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter the efforts to curb the virus’ spread.

For more information, please visit the World Health Organization public resource on COVID-19.

Water Quality
  • Met water quality standards less than 60% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on March 12th, 2020. Surfrider Foundation - San Diego Chapter updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on March 14th, 2020 at 12:29 AM.
For water quality icon legend, click:  

Located at the end of Imperial Beach lies Seacoast Drive’s dead end. The view directly south is home to the beautiful, wide open space that is the Tijuana River Estuary. There are a few parking spaces along the drive with a walking path that takes you to a lookout point in one direction or the beach in the other. The beach is wide and good for walking, dogs are welcome on a leash. There are no public restrooms along this stretch of sand, nor lifeguard stands. Surfing can be a popular activity here, but the waters in Imperial Beach are chronically contaminated with sewage pollution spilling out through the Tijuana River. Check for County issued Beach Advisory/Beach Closure signs that may be posted.

Monitoring Frequency

Imperial Beach-Seacoast Drive is sampled weekly from January 1st to December 31st.

Source Information

Volunteers from Surfrider San Diego’s Blue Water Task Force sample 10 different local coastal water sites every Thursday for Enterococcus, a coliform bacteria indicative of fecal levels in the surface water. This includes beaches, bays, and river outlets. Testing occurs throughout the entire year for all ten sampling sites and samples are processed at one of three labs using IDEXX’s Enterolert, the same test kit used by the EPA to analyze water samples under the Clean Water Act. Within 24 hours, samples are analyzed and shared via the BWTF website, Swim Guide, our social media channels, and our weekly community science and water quality email newsletter, The Weekend Beach Report.

>> Subscribe to The Weekend Beach Report

Results will be displayed on the Swim Guide as one of three colors: green (0-35MPN/100mL), red (104 MPN/100mL-maximum detectable threshold), or gray if there is no current results or no available information. Green signifies that it is safe to recreate in waters at the sampling site due to low bacterial levels. Red means bacteria levels are unsafe. If a sampling site is displayed as red, Surfrider Foundation recommends you do not swim in the area for at least 72 hours. To view results please visit https://bwtf.surfrider.org/report/31 or theswimguide.org.

Although BWTF does not publish beach closures or advisories, our results are regularly consistent with our local Department of Environmental Health’s testing and results. A special status on our sampling sites in San Diego (most likely IB Pier, Seacoast Drive) is typically due to the consistent spilling of sewage near the U.S.-Mexico border. The Tijuana River Estuary is the outlet for overflow from sewage and manufacturing plants that are not able to process excessive amounts of discharge. This frequently happens immediately after a rainstorm. Since the end of 2019, when a rainstorm broke a sewage plant’s system located near the Tijuana River, there has been a constant flow of ~20 million gallons of raw sewage spilling directly into the ocean every day. Due to ocean currents, this sewage moves North and frequently pollutes beaches in San Diego county (Imperial Beach and sometimes Coronado beach).

*MPN/100mL- Most probable number of Enterococcus colony forming units per 100 milliliters

Water Quality Graph

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