Heal the Bay’s Annual Report Card Is In

In less than two weeks, summer will officially be upon us. It’s a time for barbeques, ice cream, rollerblading, and dips in the ocean. And, for those of you in Southern California, it looks like it’s going to be a good one.

Heal the Bay just came out with its annual scorecard for beach quality across the Golden State. It found bacterial pollution down dramatically in Southern California, with some 95% of the region’s beaches earning A grades.

Northern California didn’t fare as well, in part because of troubles in San Mateo and Humboldt County. While the dirtiest beach (Poche) is in Orange County, NorCal occupied seven spots on Heal the Bay’s 2017-2018 list of Beach Bummers -- that is, the most polluted beaches in the state.

Heal the Bay’s full report is available here. You can also take a look at the press releases for Southern California and Northern California.

Below we have a list of Heal the Bay’s top 10 Beach Bummers:

1. Poche Beach at ocean outlet - Orange County

2. Lakeshore Park, Marina Lagoon - San Mateo County

3. Linda Mar Beach at San Pedro Creek - San Mateo County

4. Clam Beach County Park near Strawberry Creek - Humboldt County

5. Roosevelt Beach - San Mateo County

6. Luffenholtz Beach near Luffenholtz Creek - Humboldt County

7. Santa Monica Municipal Pier - Los Angeles County

8. Cowell Beach, west of the wharf - Santa Cruz County

9. Cabrillo Beach, harborside - Los Angeles County

10. Surfer’s Beach, south end of riprap - San Mateo County

This list was compiled by Heal the Bay.