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Report Card Shows CA Beaches Have Brought Grades Up, But LA Co Still Lags

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A long summer of hot-hot-hot heat means lots of beach days for Southern Californians. Now that the season is wrapped up, Heal the Bay has released their annual Summer Beach Report Card [PDF]. The non-profit group graded nearly 500 beaches statewide based on bacterial pollution levels monitored from Memorial Day to Labor Day this year, according to their release, and the news is generally pretty good.

Heal the Bay assigned A-F grades for our beaches, and 92% of them earned top-tier marks (A-B grades) showing modest improvement from last year's 91%. The better grades are due largely to "ongoing low rainfall totals," because that leads to "less harmful material is being washed into the oceans via the storm drains," explained Matt King, Heal the Bay's Communication Director, in an email.

LA County, unfortunately, needs to work a little harder if we ever want to be valedictorian when it comes to clean shores.