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Rain over Malibu's beaches | Photo by chrisamichaels via Flickr
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Whenever it rains in Los Angeles, it exemplifies how we are all connected, whether living in the Valley or at the beach. "The county’s 2,800-mile storm drain system is designed to channel rainwater to the ocean to prevent local flooding," explains officials from the nonprofit Heal the Bay. "But it also has the unintended function of moving pollution directly into the Santa Monica and San Pedro bays following rainstorms."

While Heal the Bay warns that people should avoid water contact within 72 hours after rainfall, the Los Angeles County of Public Health is a bit more optimistic about the situation, telling people to only avoid water contact near discharging storm drains, creeks, and rivers. “Fortunately, discharging storm drains, creeks, and rivers only comprises a small portion of the beach, and therefore, anybody who wants to go to the beach will be able to enjoy their outing,” said Jonathan E. Fielding, the county's health officer.