Heal the Bay Releases Annual Report Card for California Beaches
It's that time of year again! Heal the Bay has released its annual scorecard for beaches across the state. So before you slap on those swimsuits and trunks, you might want to take a look at who's winning and losing on the water quality front.
Overall, Heal the Bay had good things to report. 95% of beaches monitored received A or B grades during the high-traffic summer season. And 34 beaches, including 14 in San Diego County, made the "Honor Roll" for receiving A+ grades every week of the year regardless of weather conditions.
Of the 456 beaches, just 12 received grades of a D or F. And that brings us to the list of Beach Bummers put out by the organization every year—a ranking of the 10 most polluted beaches throughout California.
Shoreline Park (San Diego) and Monarch Beach (Dana Point) made the list of bummers for the first time this year. But 5 beaches that made the list for 2014-2015 escaped it this time around: Marina Lagoon (San Mateo County); Mission Bay (San Diego County); Stillwater Cove (Monterey County); Cabrillo Beach harborside (Los Angeles county); and Huntington State Beach at Brookhurst (Orange County).
The Top 10 Beach Bummers for 2016:
1. Cowell Beach (Santa Cruz County)
2. Clam Beach (Humboldt County)
3. Shoreline Beach Park (San Diego County)
4. Monarch Beach (Orange County)
5. Santa Monica Pier (Los Angeles County)
6. Marina Del Rey - Mother's Beach (Los Angeles County)
7. Redondo Municipal Pier (Los Angeles County)
8. Candlestick Point/Sunnydale Cove (San Francisco County)
9. Pillar Point (San Mateo County)
10. Pismo Beach Pier (San Luis Obispo County)