The good news is just in time for summer. Despite occasional sewage spilling into our oceans, the water at LA County Beaches is actually getting cleaner.
The water at 82% of LA County beaches earned A or B grades from April to October of 2011, a 7% improvement from 2010, according to Heal the Bay’s annual Beach Report Card.
The Santa Monica-based environmental group attributed the improvement to less rainfall and new infrastructure improvements to divert bacteria-laden storm water from entering the ocean.
While there were three Malibu beaches that made the "honor roll" of cleanest beaches in Southern California, the city claimed four of the 10 "Beach Bummers," or dirtiest beach in California (see page 10 of report). Other Southern California Beach Bummers include Avalon Harbor Beach on Catalina Island and Topanga Beach.
In better news, check out some of Southern California's cleanest beaches (in no particular order):
Photos courtesy of Alamy:
Projection of 14th Street
North Westchester Storm Drain @ Dockweiler State Beach
Projection of 52nd/53rd Street Balboa Beach, The Wedge Newport Bay, Onyx Avenue Beach Newport Bay, N Street Beach Newport Bay, Rocky Point Beach
Encinal Canyon @ El Matador State Beach Las Flores State Beach @ Las Flores Creek
Palos Verdes Peninsula
Bluff Cove, Palos Verdes Estates Long Point, Rancho Palos Verdes Abalone Cove Shoreline Park
Projection of Broadway
Projection of Sea Way
Treasure Island Pier (AWMA) Treasure Island Sign