Every time it rains, we have a pollution problem.
Stormwater pollution is the number one water quality problem for Orange County. Stormwater commonly contains heavy metals, such as copper, lead, and iron, trash, bacteria, and pH-affecting contaminants, and accounts for more than half of the total pollution entering surface waters each year. In fact, many of Orange County’s waterbodies are impaired for some of the same pollutants found in stormwater.
If you watch the local television news after a major or even moderate winter storm, you will likely see a story showing beach closure or warning signs up and down the Southern California coast. The Orange County Health Care Agency will issue a public advisory warning people to avoid entering waterways, including the ocean, for three days after a storm to avoid stormwater-related illness.