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How Much Fecal Bacteria Pollution is at Your Favorite Beach? Heal the Bay Releases Latest Report Card

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There is some bittersweet news about L.A.'s local beaches. According to the latest report card from Heal the Bay, things are improving, but beaches in L.A. County continue to exhibit some of the lowest grades in the state. Based on routine monitoring of beaches where "water samples are analyzed for bacteria that indicate pollution from numerous sources, including fecal waste," the annual report card shows that 79% of the 86 beaches in the county earned A or B grades during dry weather. Last year, only 70% could take that claim and over the past six years, it's been an average of 75%.

Still, five of the worst beaches in the state were in L.A. County: Avalon Harbor Beach on Catalina Island, Cabrillo Beach harborside, Santa Monica Municipal Pier, Colorado Lagoon and Sunset Blvd. and PCH at Santa Ynez drain. Poche Beach in Orange County was also listed.

But a good number of local beaches earned perfect A+ scores:

  • Nicholas Beach at San Nicholas Canyon Creek mouth
  • El Pescador State Beach, between Lachusa and Los Aliso creeks
  • Will Rogers State Beach at Temescal Canyon drain