My Water Quality - Safe to Swim

How are We Improving Swimming Safety?

A number of programs address existing water quality problems to improve swimming safety.

    Beach Report Card
  • Clean Beaches Initiative Grant Projects
    California is committed to improving and protecting beaches along its coast. Since 2001, California has invested $100 million in Clean Beaches Initiative grants to fund local projects that reduce bacterial contamination along the coast. The State has also funded research to develop more rapid detection methods for knowing when to post beaches, tracking the sources of contamination, and studies to better understand the relationship between bacterial indicators and incidence of disease.

  • Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) Waterboards Logo
    A Total Maximum Daily Load, is a regulation designed to improve water quality by controlling the amount of a pollutant entering a water body. Under the federal Clean Water Act, every impaired water body on the 303(d) list is required to have a TMDL, designed to bring the water body back into compliance with water quality standards.

  • To Report a Problem

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    • Californians Turn in Poachers and Polluters (CalTIP)
      A confidential secret witness program that encourages the public to provide the California Department of Fish and Wildlife with factual information leading to the arrest of poachers and polluters. If you would like to report a violation in progress or a report an ongoing violation please call the CalTIP line: 1 888 DFG-CALTIP (888 334-2258), 24 hours a day, seven days a week

    • To report all significant releases or threatened releases of hazardous materials
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      • First dial 9-1-1 or your local emergency response agency,
      • then call the California Office of emergency Services State Warning Center at (800) 852-7550 or (916) 845-8911.

    • Cal Office of Emergency Services (OES) Spill Booklet (Feb. 2014)

    • If you are reporting an emergency that requires immediate attention, please dial 9-1-1.


( updated 5/11/20 )