Beach Report Card: SoCal beaches make list of worst water quality in state

Beach Report Card: SoCal beaches make list of worst water quality in state

Summer is officially here and if you’re thinking of cooling off at the beach, Heal the Bay just released its annual Dirtiest Beaches Report Card – and some Southern California beaches are making the list.

Los Angeles County had three beaches on the environmental group’s Beach Bummer list of the state’s 10 most polluted beaches. In third place is the Santa Monica Pier, which returned to the list after being dropped from the list last year.

Two stretches from Mother’s Beach to Marina del Rey are also on the list of dirtiest beaches. Heal the Bay says bad water has persisted on this beach since the bulletin began 30 years ago. Officials say the beach is enclosed in the marina with little water circulation to eliminate any bacterial pollution.

The two most polluted beaches on the list are in San Mateo County in the Bay Area. Orange County had a beach on the Bummer List – Newport Bay at Vaughn’s Launch.

A full copy of the report is available online.

A total of 51 beaches in the state have been named to Heal the Bay’s Honor Roll, indicating top-notch water quality levels recorded year-round. Orange County led the way with 19 beaches, up from 10 last year. Los Angeles County had six beaches on the list, up from seven last year.

Orange County beaches on the list were Dana Point Harbor Youth Dock, Dana PointHarbor Guest Dock, Pocket, Doheny, Doheny State Beach at End of Park, Doheny State Beach at Last Campground, Corona Del Mar, Crystal Cove , Marine Science Institute, Dana Point Capistrano County Beach, Doheny State Beach Pedestrian Bridge, Dana Strands, Huntington City Beach at 17th Street, Bolsa Chica Preserve at Flood Sluices, Surfside Beach at Sea Way, San Clemente at Avenida Calafia, Salt Creek, Laguna Lido and Treasure Island.

In Los Angeles County, the top-ranked beaches were Venice City Beach at Brooks Avenue, Rancho Palos Verdes Long Point, Royal Palms State Beach, Palos Verdes Estates at Malaga Cove Trail Outlet, Las Tunas County Beach at Pena Creek, and Nicholas Beach in San Nicholas. Canyon Creek.

According to Heal the Bay, 94% of California beaches tested for water quality received A or B grades in the summer of 2021, which the environmental group called about on par with the five-point average. year. In wet weather, however, only 66% of California beaches had good or excellent ratings, which is slightly above the annual average but “still very concerning,” according to Heal the Bay.

“It’s great news that most beaches in California have good quality water for swimming,” Tracy Quinn, president and CEO of Heal the Bay, said in a statement.

“But there are areas with poor water quality that need infrastructure improvements and upgrades. We cannot forget that our marine ecosystems are still under threat from the climate crisis and other sources of pollution, and we also need solutions to address these pressing issues.We expect people will increasingly seek out ocean shores and freshwater swimming holes to cool off as As temperatures rise, safe, clean and healthy water is needed more than ever.”

Heal the Bay officials said polluted seawater can pose a major health risk to swimmers and surfers. According to the group, people who enter the water with a grade of C or lower in the Heal the Bay report are at higher risk of illnesses, including stomach flu, ear infections, upper respiratory tract infections and Rashes.

City News Service contributed to this report.

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