From the OC register:
That south county stink? Try a bird-poop cocktail
TEXT BY BRITTANY LEVINE, PHOTO BY PAUL BERSEBACH
The good news: The stench at a Dana Point beach is temporary.
The bad news: It may come back.
The December storms caused San Juan Creek to flood from San Juan Capistrano to Dana Point and caused ferocious 5.72 feet-per-second currents to rush through the creek. The creek water outfall at Doheny State Beach was then flushed into the ocean.
That mixture is behind the rotten egg smell near the lifeguard headquarters.
Bird poop and other organic matter that had accumulated in the creek mixed with sulfates in the ocean water, said David Pryor, an environmental scientist with the state Department of Parks and Recreation.
The combination made a stinky smell—similar to that of sulfur-rich hot springs. The smell was greatest following the storms. Then debris covered up most of the bird poop-salt water cocktail, plant materials and bacteria that had soaked into the sand. But recent beach cleanups aimed at removing debris unleashed the stench again.
“We do not consider the odor dangerous,” Pryor said in an e-mail.
Over time, the surf and tides will sort and wash away the stinky matter, he said.
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