Bay water quality/safety for swimming

by Talley Ho @, Playa la Ropa, Wednesday, October 31, 2018, 16:20 (295 days ago) @ norcal

We walk Playa la Ropa each and every morning, swim with our dogs, and paddle our boards most mornings. Although this is not scientific, we are very very aware of water clarity, which is at least an indication of solids in the water.

During rainy season you can watch from up on the hills where the canals and other run off enters the bay. They leave brown rivers as they enter the ocean. During the dry season, this isn't a factor.

In the week since Vicente we have watched the water clarity improve daily. Probably by tomorrow we will have 20 feet of visibility. Yes, really.

We find that the water appears grossest when there are a lot of boats anchored. During Sailfest it can be disgusting with fecal matter and other "stuff" floating on the surface. Many of the boats that anchor off of Playa la Ropa will sit there for a month at a time and not leave the bay to dump. HOWEVER, there are some that are very good about it and don't pollute the bay.

We are in the water at least once a day. Neither of us or the dogs have caught anything. That doesn't mean that it isn't there, but we have not been affected, at least yet.

The monitoring numbers should be available and surely will be posted.

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