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Report: LA County has the Worst Water Quality, Again

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LA County still has worst water quality in state and includes several sites on the top 10 "beach bummer" (i.e., worst beaches in the state) list in this year's Heal the Bay Beach Report Card. This comes as neighboring Orange and Ventura counties earn high grades for good water quality. "One of the reasons that Los Angeles County lags in water quality is the fact that its monitoring agencies collect samples directly in front of flowing stormdrains and creeks," Heal the Bay explains in a press release. "Monitoring at these 'point zero' locations, where polluted runoff often pools, is the best way to ensure that health risks to swimmers are captured in water quality data."

Still, many of the worst beaches are no where near storm drains including Avalon Harbor on Catalina Island, 23 miles off the coast. But there is some good news: the county had 13 beaches make the organizations honor roll for having "zero bacterial standards exceedances during dry weather." The state's worst beaches, seven of which that are local, and LA County's honor roll is listed below.

Top 10 Worst Beaches

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1. Avalon Harbor Beach on Catalina Island (Los Angeles County)
2. Cabrillo Beach harborside (Los Angeles County)
3. Pismo Beach Pier (San Luis Obispo County)
4. Colorado Lagoon (Los Angeles County)
5. Santa Monica Municipal Pier (Los Angeles County)
6. City of Long Beach at LA River outlet (Los Angeles County)
7. Poche Beach (Orange County)
8. Surfrider Beach at Malibu Creek (Los Angeles County)
9. Campbell Cove State Park Beach (Sonoma County)
10. Doheny Beach at San Juan Creek (Orange County)

LA County Beaches that made the Honor Roll

El Pescador State Beach, between Lachusa and Los Aliso creeks
Encinal Canyon at El Matador State Beach
Zuma Beach at Zuma Creek mouth
Pena Creek at Las Tunas County Beach
Will Rogers State Beach at 17200 PCH (1/4 mile east of Sunset drain)
North Westchester Storm Drain at Dockweiler State Beach
Dockweiler State Beach at Imperial Hwy drain
Manhattan State Beach at 40th Street
Manhattan Beach Pier drain
Malaga Cove, Palos Verdes Estates-weekly
Palos Verdes (Bluff) Cove, Palos Verdes Estates
Long Point, Rancho Palos Verdes
Portuguese Bend Cove, Rancho Palos Verdes