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Ocean recreation presents storm water risks

Due to recent rainstorms, Santa Barbara County Environmental Health Services reminds residents that there are potential health risks associated with storm water runoff at countywide beaches. Storm water is untreated rainwater that flows through the drain system into creeks, the ocean, and other waterways. Contact with storm water while swimming or surfing may increase the risk of illnesses such as rashes, fever, chills, ear infections, vomiting and diarrhea. Also, due to heavy creek flows following the rain, large debris such as logs may be present in the ocean and other waterways. This large debris can be very dangerous to anyone in the water.