SAN PEDRO (CBS) — A new report card on our beaches has been released and, once again, several California beaches received failing marks from the National Resources Defense Council.
Three of Southern California’s most popular beaches made the list for the most polluted in the country.
Parents at Cabrillo Beach in San Pedro had no idea that their children were playing in dirty water at one of the dirtiest beaches in the country.
“We came here thinking it was a really nice, clean beach. I think it will be the last time we’re here,” one woman said.
“I’m disgusted. I’m disgusted with being here,” a man said.
The National Resources Defense Council named Cabrillo as one of three beaches in California that made their top-10 list of repeat offenders.
Avalon Beach and Doheny State Beach joined Cabrillo on the list.
“Americans are swimming in pollution, including human and animal waste and it is making them sick… Pathogens from storm-water runoff can cause a hose of illnesses, including gastroenteritis, stomach ailments, skin rashes, pinkeye, ear nose and throat problems and respiratory ailments,” said NRDC Attorney Noah Garrison.
Hi said, despite California’s millions of dollars in efforts to keep the beaches bacteria free, the problem remains.
“Last year nearly one in four beach closings and advisory days that occurred nationwide were here in California,” Garrison said.
The State Water Resources Control Board blames the problem in part on the rain.
“But that is not a good excuse and so what we’re starting to do more of is look at upstream solutions,” said Fran Spivy-Weber of the California Water Resources Control Board.
They suggest new porous pavement for better drainage and green infrastructure to soak up the water.
“I told my boys that we’re not going to go swimming in it,” a mother said.
But there is also good news. Some local beaches managed to avoid the pollution problems. They include: Dockweiler, Manhattan, Hermosa, Newport and Laguna Beaches.
How can we keep our beaches cleaner? The NRDC said to conserve. The less water we use, the less water runoff will pollute beaches.