4 Of California’s 10 Dirtiest Beaches Are In LA County

SANTA MONICA (CBS) — Los Angeles County has four of the 10 most polluted beaches in the state, according to a report released Wednesday by Heal the Bay.

Catalina Island’s Avalon Beach continues to sit near the top of Heal the Bay’s “Beach Bummer” list, ranking among the most polluted beaches in the state.

Los Angeles County has three other beaches on the list: Cabrillo Beach in San Pedro, Topanga State Beach and Colorado Lagoon in Long Beach.

Eight county beaches received F grades, although seven beaches in the county improved enough to be added to the group’s honor roll by earning A+ grades, according to the report.

Orange County had two beaches on the Beach Bummer list: Poche and Doheny. Overall, however, Orange County earned grades well above the state average, according to the report.

To see the complete list of grades for California’s beaches, visit Beach Report Card.

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  • jimmy

    How is it that 12 of the 9/11 terrorists could live for 2 weeks just 2 miles from NSA head quarters in Maryland.

    This after several of them had taken flight simulator lessons on Jumbo jet trainers and several of them where on State department terror watch lists.

    There is evidence that employees from DoD, CIA and DOJ accepted bribes from Al Quida.

    If DoJ and DoD employees where more concerned with doing their jobs than enriching themselves by stealing from suspects and taking bribes, then there might have been more a chance that 9/11 had never happened.

    • joe

      explain to me what the hell your comment has to do with this story? unebelievable. get off your crack pipe

    • tinfoil hat


  • Nicole Dixon Davis

    I’m not surprised about Santa Monica. That was going to be my guess. I love that town, but I was notice the beaches look browner:P

  • James

    I live in Lake Elsinore and I can tell you that lake is worse than any beach. Dead fish on the sand, brown and yellowish water, bees everywhere, foul smells, gross.. Im used to beautiful Lake Mission Viejo (where I grew up) Lets clean up our lakes as well as beaches.

  • James

    Im also a firefighter/paramedic in OC and I know that lake is polluted and probably contributes to illnesses we can avoid.

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