Patt Morrison for May 21, 2008

Better Beaches, Safer Surfing Up and Down the Coast

Buoyed by record droughts and improved approaches to tackling dry weather beach pollution, California's beaches are looking a bit cleaner this year. Heal the Bay released its annual "Beach Report Card" monitoring fecal bacteria pollution levels in the surfline of over 500 locations on the California coast. Across the state, 87% of beaches received very good-to-excellent (A and B) grades for this year's dry weather season. Within Southern California, 71% of beaches earned the high marks. Typically pollution levels increase during rainy seasons when stormwater runoff flows into ocean, leading to Cs, Ds, and Fs for 46% of beaches around the state. David Lazarus checks out where you can safely lay down your towel this coming Memorial Day.

* Mark Gold, President, Heal the Bay


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