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Good news for Long Beach! And for most of California….

In the End of Summer Beach Report Card of the environmental group, Heal the Bay, ALL of the beaches in Long Beach, California earned a grade of A or B – their highest water-quality ratings in a decade! Last summer, only 73% of the beaches in Long Beach earned an A or B. Statewide, 92% of California beaches earned grades of A or B this year, the same as last year, according to the report.

However, Cabrillo Beach in San Pedro earned an F for the EIGHTH summer-in-a-row, IN SPITE OF millions of dollars that have been spent to improve water quality. A number of popular beaches in Malibu ALSO flunked, including Surfrider Beach, Malibu Pier, Solstice Canyon at Dan Blocker County Beach, Carbon Beach at Sweetwater Canyon, and Topanga State Beach.

Heal the Bay delivered its annual report, which evaluated HUNDREDS of beaches in California, Oregon, and Washington for bacterial pollution, an indicator of how likely the waters would make swimmers sick.

In Los Angeles County, 85% of beaches achieved grades of A or B, which is UP from 79% last year and helped by Long Beach’s numbers! Officials in Long Beach credited the gains to new projects. There was, for example, a multimillion-dollar effort to clean up Colorado Lagoon, traditionally the most contaminated swimming spot in the city! A report by the City of Long Beach documented improvements in beach water quality over the summer from efforts “… to reduce dry weather discharges from storm drains, intercept trash and sediment, and improve circulation and mixing….”

-Bill at

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