ORANGE COUNTY, CALIFORNIA — Orange County Supervisor Katrina Foley released a statement following the OC Health Care Agency (HCA)’s announcement of a sewage spill of approximately 4,000 gallons at Doheny State Beach in Dana Point. An overflow in a main city sewer line in San Juan Capistrano caused the spill, resulting in the ocean water closure.
“This evening the Orange County Health Care Agency closed three thousand feet of Doheny State Beach because of a 4,000-gallon sewage spill,” said Supervisor Foley. “We ask the community to do their part in protecting our public health and maintain a safe distance up to 1,500 ft. upcoast and 1,500 ft. downcoast from the mouth of San Juan Creek.”
“I am closely monitoring this situation along with the other incidents occurring throughout Orange County. My office has participated in the County’s Emergency Operations Coordination since the Board of Supervisors passed my resolution to declare a local state of emergency for Orange County. We remain ready to mobilize our resources to make our waters safe for our communities and wildlife,” added Supervisor Foley.
Since the state of emergency was declared, there have been landslides leading to the closure of Pacific Coast Highway in Dana Point and behind four apartment buildings in San Clemente.
The affected ocean water will remain closed to swimming, surfing, and diving until the results of follow-up water quality monitoring meet acceptable standards. For information regarding Orange County’s ocean, bay or harbor postings and closures, please call (714) 433-6400 or visit the HCA Web site at www.ocbeachinfo.com. To report a sewage spill, please call (714) 433-6419.
Orange County Supervisor Katrina Foley was elected to the Board of Supervisors in 2022 to represent the newly established District 5, which includes the cities of Aliso Viejo, Costa Mesa, Dana Point, a large portion of Irvine, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods, Newport Beach, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, as well as the unincorporated areas of Coto de Caza, Emerald Bay, Ladera Ranch, Las Flores, Rancho Mission Viejo, Stonecliffe and Wagon Wheel. This is her second term on the Board of Supervisors, where she previously served District 2.
Supervisor Foley’s Board appointments include the Orange County Fire Authority, Coastal Greenbelt Authority, Law Library Board of Trustees, Newport Bay and South Orange County Watershed Executive Committees, OC Public Libraries Advisory Board, Orange County Housing Finance Trust, Orange County Juvenile Justice Coordinating Council, Orange County Transportation Authority, and the Transportation Corridor Agency.