Low rain­fall means cleaner beach wa­ter in Cal­i­for­nia

Manteca Bulletin - - Local / State -

LOS AN­GE­LES (AP) — An an­nual “Beach Re­port Card” con­cludes low rain­fall in Cal­i­for­nia is re­sult­ing in less runoff and cleaner wa­ter along the coast.

Heal The Bay said Thurs­day that a record 37 beaches statewide made its Honor Roll — mean­ing they are mon­i­tored year-round and score per­fect A-plus grades each week.

The group sur­veys more than 450 beaches and as­signs let­ter grades, A-plus through F.

The worst beaches make a “Beach Bum­mer” list for chronic pol­lu­tion that could sicken swim­mers and surfers. Heal The Bay says seven of the state’s 10 dirt­i­est beaches are in North­ern Cal­i­for­nia — in­clud­ing Roo­sevelt in Half Moon Bay and Cow­ell in Santa Cruz.

The most pol­luted beaches in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia are Poche in San Cle­mente, Cabrillo in Los An­ge­les and the strand around Santa Mon­ica Pier.

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