This Memorial Day, officials are warning the public to avoid the water at select LA County beaches due to high levels of beach bacteria, while also honoring those who served our country.

Tests have concluded that the water has a level of bacteria exceeding health standards at Santa Monica Pier, Malibu Lagoon, Mother's Beach, and Escondido State Beach.

Officials don't know what is causing the unhealthy bacteria levels, but they usually occur after a storm.

Runoff from rain can carry pollutants into the ocean, including bacteria from sewage, animal waste, and other sources.

Exposure to contaminated water can cause skin rashes, ear infections, respiratory illness, and gastrointestinal illness.

Children, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems are particularly vulnerable to the contaminated water.

To protect yourself, stay out of the water at beaches with high bacteria levels, and avoid contact with water in areas where there are warning signs or advisories.

If you do go in the water, it's important to shower with soap afterwards to remove any harmful bacteria that may have attached to your skin and prevent the spread of illness to yourself and others.

Bacteria in the water is not only harmful to human health but also can have far-reaching impacts on the environment.

Polluted water can harm marine life, damage ecosystems, and reduce water quality.

It's crucial to prioritize water quality to maintain a healthy planet for all.

There are many ways to reduce water pollution, including using eco-friendly products, reducing water usage, properly disposing of trash, and avoiding the use of pesticides and fertilizers.

Use eco-friendly sunscreen to protect yourself and the ocean, bring reusable water bottles and food containers, and pick up any trash you see on the beach.

Celebrate Memorial Day sustainably by choosing sustainable products, reducing plastic waste, and supporting local businesses.

If the beach is not an option, consider other outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, or visiting a park.

Raise awareness about the importance of water quality and sustainability by sharing information with friends and family.

Spread awareness on sustainable practices, take part in clean-up events, and support organizations dedicated to a healthier planet, to inspire others to protect the environment.

By taking action, we can create a healthier and more sustainable world for ourselves and future generations.