How does runoff impact me?

Runoff carries pollutants through our watershed, which can then cause issues for people and wildlife. Coming into contact with polluted runoff can make people sick. People are advised to avoid body contact with storm water runoff, ocean water, and any items that may have come in contact with runoff or ocean water, for 72 hours (3 days) after a rainstorm ends. Information about beach water quality in Ventura County is available from the County of Ventura Environmental Health Department and is discussed in Heal the Bay's beach report card. Ventura County beaches are frequently featured on the beach report card honor roll.