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During 2015, there were a total of 146 beach warnings and closures. This is a 39% increase from the number of beach warnings issued in 2010. By 2020, the city must drastically lower these numbers to a maximum of 20 beach warnings issued annually.
To address these elevated bacterial levels, funds from the Clean Beaches and Ocean Parcel Tax, Measure “V”, were used during 2009. The first project funded by this tax, Pier Storm Drain Improvement Project was completed in 2009. It eliminated the output from the Pier storm drain as a source of beach water contamination during the dry season.
The pigeon exclusion project was implemented under Measure V in 2009 to improve water quality by installing bird netting under a small inter-tidal section of the Santa Monica Pier. Though the netting project showed an initial improvement, the netting proved to be ineffective and difficult to maintain long-term. As a result, bacteria levels under and near the Pier are up again.