Environment

Fiesta Island, Tecolote Playground Beaches Closed Due to Spill

Beaches at East Mission Bay and Tecolote Creek have been closed after a landslide triggered an estimated 108,000-gallon sewage spill this weekend.

The County Department of Environmental Health has posted signs warning the public of sewage contamination at various points along the beaches, which stretch from the Fiesta Island land bridge north to the visitor’s center at Clairemont Drive. 

The sewage spill was discovered at 9 a.m. Sunday in Tecolote Canyon adjacent to Mt. Ashmun Drive in San Diego, where a landslide caused a main sewer line to break. The spill entered Tecolote Creek and flowed through Tecolote Golf Course before entering east Mission Bay just north of the Fiesta Island land bridge. The spill was stopped at 6 p.m. Sunday.

Warning signs will remain in place until water samples confirm that contamination levels decrease.

For more information go to the County’s Beach Water Quality website or call the 24-hour hotline at (619) 338-2073.  

Gig Conaughton is a communications specialist with the County of San Diego Communications Office. Contact