Heal The Bay: LA County Beaches Lead State In Poor Water Quality

SANTA MONICA (CBSLA.com) — Los Angeles County beaches lead the state in poor water quality, according to Heal the Bay’s 24th annual Beach Report Card.

The report, which was released Thursday, found one in 10 county beaches received a grade of C or worse for pollution for April thought October of 2013.

Three Los Angeles County beaches — Mothers Beach in Marina del Rey, Cabrillo Beach in San Pedro and the beach at the Santa Monica Pier — earned spots on Heal the Bay’s “Beach Bummer List” of the most polluted beaches in the state.

Eight LA County beaches, however, placed on Heal the Bay’s Honor Roll, signifying beaches that scored A+ grades.

In Orange County, 12 beaches landed on the Honor Roll.

Overall, 90 percent of LA County beaches received either A or B grades during the summer of 2013.

“This was the third year in a row of very low rainfall in Southern California and as a result its beaches experienced less urban runoff, which likely led to the improvement of overall grades,” the report said.

For the full report, click here.

(©2014 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)

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