10.12.21 Weather is warming, surf is up – is it safe to go to the beach?

Excerpted from Orange County Register

By Laylan Connelly

Watch your step if you’re headed to the beach to beat the heat or catch some waves with the swell that’s hitting the coast this week.

Oil cleanup crews were out at local beaches on Tuesday to scoop up tar balls that washed on shore following the whipping winds and big waves that struck the region Monday night into Tuesday afternoon. Oil was spotted along south Orange County beaches as the slick from the recent spill near Huntington Beach continues to move offshore toward San Diego.


During a virtual town hall meeting, Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris and UC Irvine’s ecology and evolutionary biology expert Matthew Bracken talked about the ongoing efforts to clean up the oil.

Petrie-Norris, on Monday named chair of the newly-formed state Committee on the Orange County Oil Spill, said 350,000 pounds of sand and oil debris has been scooped up so far and about 5,500 gallons of oil were recovered from the water.