Bacteria at the beach: Tests reveal high levels in water after ‘first flush’ of rain

The results are in — and they are bad.

Pamela Conti knew bacteria levels after this week’s first rains would be higher than normal, but she wasn’t expecting the samples taken at the rivermouth at San Juan Creek at Doheny Beach and at the Santa Ana River in Huntington Beach to be off the charts, literally.

Both tests, taken on Wednesday morning, Jan 10, after the storm cleared, came back with bacteria results as high as the test will go — levels that reached 24,196 MPN.

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