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New app helps you keep tabs on beach closures

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The county of San Diego and environmental group Wildcoast Friday unveiled a water quality map that shows local beach conditions on mobile devices.

The app allows residents and tourists to check water quality at 80 beaches and waterways. It's available for smartphones, iPads and tablets.

Similar maps are already available for computers on the county government and San Diego Coastkeeper websites.

The sites use information from the county Department of Environmental Health, which tests coastal waters and posts warning signs when contamination is detected.

Supervisor Greg Cox said the app takes the existing information and makes it available on mobile platforms.

"So anybody that has a smartphone, an iPad, a laptop, if they get up in the morning and they go to the beach and they're going to jump in the water and they go `Oh, my gosh, I forgot to check to see what the water quality is,' they can do that remotely and get the latest information on what the water quality is," Cox said. "If there's any advisories, if there's been an instance of a sewage spill or contamination, they'll have the latest information the Department of Environmental Health has -- and it's all at their fingertips."

Beaches in San Diego County can be contaminated by runoff following rainstorms. In the southern part of the county, beaches are sometimes fouled by their proximity to the Tijuana River.

The app is available at www.countyappcenter.com.

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