Elevated bacteria levels found in ocean in Pismo Beach

All three beach water sampling locations in Pismo Beach showed elevated bacteria levels this week.

Samples taken by the county Environmental Health Department showed bacteria levels that exceeded state health standards. The sampling locations are located just south of the pier, between Ocean View and Park Avenue and at Wadsworth Avenue north of the pier.

Signs were posted at these locations warning beach-goers to avoid contact with the ocean water, said Liberty Amundson, county environmental specialist. More samples were taken Wednesday and the signs will remain posted until samples come back showing bacteria levels within state standards.