Skip to main content
  1. News
  2. Environment

Heal the Bay grades LA beaches in their annual report card

See also

Every year, Heal the Bay—a non-profit organization focused on the betterment of Southern California waterfronts and watersheds—releases a report card grading West Coast beaches based on their water quality. Samples were taken at each beach to gauge the presence of fecal bacteria and other pollutants in the “surf zone,” indicating the risk of illness to those who swim in the respective waters.

So how did the many beaches in LA county stack up this year? Most have followed the statewide trend of having excellent water quality, higher than the five year average. However, nine Los Angeles County beaches qualified as “beach bummers,” a term coined by Heal the Bay to designate those beaches with particularly dismal water quality: Mother’s Beach in Marina Del Ray, the beaches at Malibu Pier and Santa Monica pier, two harborside sections of Cabrillo Beach, two areas of the Long Beach coast, and two sections of Avalon Beach.

On the plus side, nearly as many were among the cleanest beaches in the state, making the “honor roll” on this year’s report card. These beaches were oceanside Cabrillo Beach, Will Rogers State Beach at the Pulga Canyon drain, Palos Verdes Estates’ Malaga Cove, Rancho Palos Verdes’ Portuguese Bend Cove, Abalone Cove Shoreline Park, Pena Creek at Las Tunas County Beach and the Venice City Beach by the Windward Avenue drain.

Read the full, detailed report organized by county here.

Advertisement

News

  •  Day 17
    Israel continues their ravaging bombardment on Gaza as the conflict wages on
    Video
    Video
  • MH17 victims arrive home
    40 bodies of the MH17 plane crash return to a somber homecoming in Holland
    Top News
  • Military advisers to Ukraine
    President Obama announces the deployment of military advisers to Ukraine
    Politics
  • Bubonic plague in China
    A bubonic plague outbreak in Yumen prompts China to quarantine the city
    World News
  • Air Algierie disappearance
    A flight headed from Burkina Faso to Algeria disappears from radar over Mali
    Headlines
  • Windows Phone training portal
    Microsoft launches Windows Phone training portal in attempt to woo consumers
    Tech