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The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department has lifted the water contact closure for West Beach from the Santa Barbara Harbor to one-quarter (¼) mile east of Stearns Wharf. Recent ocean water quality testing conducted by the Department’s Environmental Health Services Division has confirmed the ocean water is now safe for recreational use in this area following recent sewage impacts. 

The County of Santa Barbara implements a variety of programs to protect public health and enhance environmental quality of County watersheds and beaches. Working to improve water quality by reducing or treating sources of pollution is a multi-faceted task. To find out what is being done to improve water quality and how you can help, visit


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