Eight beaches in Mission Bay will remain closed, though test results for all 10 locations previously closed sites at the bay tested within state safety standards. Mayor Jerry Sanders said he is optimistic that all the beaches will reopen tomorrow afternoon. However, the source of the sewage contamination that caused the closure of the eastern half of the bay this week is still unknown.

“We want to look at one more look at another day’s worth of samples to make a determination tomorrow,” said Mark McPherson, division chief of the San Diego County of Environmental Health.

The city has placed 32 monitoring sites in locations that could possibly have produced the contamination and will continue to run daily tests to check water safety.

The only two areas that have been reopened are the DeAnza De Anza Cove and Tecolote Playground.

Crews have finished cleaning the sewer system in DeAnza RV Park and found rocks, bottles and other obstructions. However, they did not find anything unusual that could have caused sewage leak. They are now focusing on the mobile home park at DeAnza, and will probe that system for any leaks.

“While we’ve made some progress, we’ve not found any smoking gun that will explain the elevated bacterial levels,” Sanders said.

Areas that will remain closed include the Playground Vacation Isle water ski launch, Crown Point shores, Campland, east Mission Bay boat dock, the shoreline south of the Visitor’s Center, Leisure Lagoon and the swimming area north of it, north Pacific Passage and the Tecolote Shores swimming area.

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