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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.