Environment

Sewage Spill Prompts Camp Pendleton Beach Closure

An estimated 18,000-gallon sewage spill occurred today from a sewer main that feeds the Camp Pendleton Base treatment plant near Vandegrift Blvd. and Stuart Mesa Rd. The cause of the spill was from a vehicular accident.

An estimated 18,000-gallon sewage spill occurred today from a sewer main that feeds the Camp Pendleton Base treatment plant near Vandegrift Blvd. and Stuart Mesa Rd. The cause of the spill was from a vehicular accident.

The spill started at 4:40 a.m. and crews on the base were able to stop the release at 9:10 a.m. Approximately 8,000 gallons were recovered and an estimated 10,000 gallons of sewage discharged to the Santa Margarita River.

Signs warning of sewage contamination will be posted at Camp Del Mar beach, north and south of the Santa Margarita River outlet. The water contact closure will remain in place until samples confirm the water is safe for recreational use.