The Santa Cruz City Council will discuss Tuesday evening what to do about heavy levels of pollution at Cowell's Beach, the city's gem alongside the Municipal Pier, where children have learned to surf for decades.
The city has taken steps, such as replacing its sewer mains, but now can make efforts to help fix private sewers and drains running to the ocean. It can also isolate Neary Lagoon's runoff, which contains bacteria from animals, according to a report to be heard at 7 p.m.
Human waste has been detected, as has high concentrations of animal feces.
The beach has been posted unsafe because of high concentrations of bacteria.
Experts will discuss the problems and possible solutions, however, this is an informational meeting and no action will be taken.