Vice Chair Michelle Steel’s statement on sewage spill and Huntington Harbor water closure

The Following is a statement from Second District Supervisor Michelle Steel, Vice Chair of the Orange County Board of Supervisors:

“This morning the Orange County Health Care Agency closed the harbor water area encompassing Anaheim Bay, Sunset Aquatic Marina, Portofino Cove, Anderson Street Marina, Mother’s Beach, and Admiralty Drive in the City of Huntington Beach due to a reported sewage spill in Stanton. The closure is required as a precautionary measure to protect public health.

“I hope this closure will not disrupt the Labor Day weekend. However, these precautionary measures are needed to keep all of us safe and healthy. Please obey all posted signs. We are working to resolve this matter as quickly as possible to open the beaches and water areas as soon as we can.

“My office has been in close communication with the City of Stanton, the Health Care Agency, and Orange County Sanitation District.

“Staff from Orange County Public Works, Health Care Agency, the City of Stanton, and the Sanitation District are working diligently to determine whether or not any sewage spilled into the flood control channel and contaminated the harbor. The County will need the results of follow-up water quality monitoring before opening the water areas that have potentially been affected.

“For information regarding Orange County ocean, bay or harbor postings and closures, please call (714) 433-6400 or visit the Health Care Agency’s water quality website at To report a sewage spill, please call (714) 433-6419.”

This article was released by the Office of Orange County Supervisor Michelle Steel.

Editor’s Note: The closure has been lifted.

Closure due to sewage spill. Courtesy photo.