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Stillwater Cove at Pebble Beach Under Advisory for High Bacteria Levels

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The Monterey County Health Department has issued an advisory for Stillwater Cove at Pebble Beach after high bacteria levels were found in samples taken from the beach on Monday.

The advisory was posted at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The beach will remain open but the advisory will remain in effect until other samples taken from the beach confirm that the indicator bacteria are at a safe level. While it is in effect, signs are posted alerting the public of an increased risk of illness associated with water contact.

State codes require that beaches must meet bacterial standards if they are visited by more than 50,000 people annually or are located next to a storm drain that flows during the summer.

There are various reasons for where the excessive bacteria can come from, such as bacteria from marine life, rainfall runoff, storm drains and other human activity, county officials said.

People can check the status of other beaches in Monterey County by visiting or calling (800) 347-6363.

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