Welcome to RMA

The Resource Management Agency strives to ensure that its customer service standards are consistent with the Agency’s Mission Statement:

The mission of the Resource Management Agency, in cooperation with the public and our partner agencies, is to protect the consumer and community’s health, safety and environment by carrying out adopted laws and policies, and educating, assisting and empowering Ventura County residents and businesses to be good stewards of the land and our resources.

Values

In addition, RMA has identified those core values which will guide us in carrying out our mission. These values are directly related to our customer service and include:

  • Honesty, hard work and ethical behavior

  • Transparency and accountability

  • Equitable treatment and respect of all constituents

  • Excellence in service delivery

Beaches Currently Posted and Advisories

Updated: September 18, 2019 at 4:25 PM

Sampling results indicate that water quality at all monitored beaches meets the State standards for bacteria. At this time there are no beaches in Ventura County posted with ocean water quality warning signs. 

You may also call our HOTLINE (805) 662-6555 or download our new app to your smart phone HERE for the latest information on beach postings and ocean water quality.

Interactive Map:

The interactive map is a service provided to beachgoers concerning the bacteriological quality of waters throughout Ventura County. Click on any colored pin on the map to view the latest bacteriological quality results of a beach. The map shows the most current sample results and will be updated when new samples become available.

Sample results for the week of: September 16, 2019

Season: Dry Season 

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Legend:

  green pin Meets State standards for bacteria.

  red pin WARNING – Avoid contact with ocean water due to sewage contamination or other health hazards.

  yellow pin Exceed State standards for bacteria and may cause illness. Also used when a rainfall advisory is in effect.

  green pin Post-rainfall advisory.  Sampling results may not reflect the current bacteriological water quality.

  gray pin Not sampled due to inaccessibility, unsafe conditions, lab accident, wet-weather or holiday monitoring schedule.

 

State of California Ocean Water Quality Bacteriological Standards:

State of California Ocean Water Quality Bacterial Standards:
The minimum protective bacteriological standards for water adjacent to public beaches and public water-contact sports areas shall be as follows:

Bacteria

State Bacterial Standards

Total coliform

<10,000 MPN per 100 ml

Fecal coliform

<400 MPN per 100 ml

Enterococcus

<104 MPN per 100 ml

Ratio

1,000 MPN per 100 ml, if the ratio of fecal/total coliform bacteria exceeds 0.1

* MPN: Most Probable Number; bacteria count per 100 ml of water

Based on the mean of the logarithms (geometric mean) of the result of at least five weekly samples during any 30-day sampling period, the density of bacteria in water from any sampling station at a public beach or public water contact sports area, shall not exceed:

• Total coliform bacteria: 1,000 per 100 milliliters; or
• Fecal coliform bacteria: 200 per 100 milliliters; or
• Enterococcus bacteria: 35 per 100 milliliters.

Signs:

Warning Sign for Bacteriological Contamination

A warning sign is posted when a sampling result indicates that water quality failed to meet State standards for bacteria.
The sign advises beachgoers to avoid body contact with ocean water due to an increased risk to human health. Contact with ocean water should be avoided for a minimum of 50 yards on either side of each posted sign. The signs will remain posted until water quality meets State standards for bacteria.

Permanent Warning Signs

Permanent warning signs are installed at some Ventura County beaches where warning where storm drains, outfalls, channels, rivers and creeks flow or pond. The signs advise beachgoers to avoid contact with ponded or flowing runoff water because it may cause illness.

Sewage Warning Sign

A sewage warning sign is posted if the Division has been notified of a sewage release and warning discharged into the ocean.
Ocean water should be avoided due to sewage contamination.

Advisories:

Rainfall Advisory
A Rainfall Advisory is issued if rainfall is significant enough to result in runoff which can flow into storm drains, channels, creeks, and rivers that empty onto the beaches of Ventura County. In general, 0.2 inches (2 tenths of an inch) of rainfall may be enough to create significant runoff conditions. The advisory will remain in effect for 72 hours after the end of all predicted rainfall.

Seasons:

The Ocean Water Quality Monitoring Program has two regular seasons, the Dry-Weather and Wet-Weather seasons. Forty (40) samples are collected during the Dry-Weather season and nineteen (19) samples during the Wet-Weather season.

Dry-Weather Season
During the Dry-Weather season, water sampling is conducted from April 1 through October 31. Samples are collected from 40 public beaches twice a week, generally on Mondays and Tuesdays. On Mondays, samples are collected in the North Coast locations from Rincon Beach to Surfer’s Knoll Beach. On Tuesdays, samples are collected in the South Coast locations from Oxnard Beach on 5th Street to Staircase Beach in Malibu. Re-samples are conducted during the Dry-Weather season.

Wet-Weather Season
Ocean water sampling during the Wet-Weather season is conducted from November 1 through March 31 annually. During this season, sampling sites are significantly reduced, a level commensurate with available State funding. Sampling is only conducting once per week. When a beach fails to meet State standards, a warning sign is posted on the beach and the telephone hotline is updated. No re-samples are conducted during the Wet-Weather season.