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How Safe Is the Surf?

July 13, 2002

*--* How Safe Is the Surf? Local water quality reports as of midweek: Overall Gradings L.A Orange Ventura County County County Total number of beaches graded 82 106 54 Percentage receiving A grades 85% 80% 96%

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*--* Water quality at selected beaches: Ventura County Beaches Rincon Beach--50 feet south of creek mouth D Promenade Park--projection of California Street A+ Oxnard State Beach--projection of Starfish Drive A+ Channel Islands Harbor Beach Park--Kiddie Beach B County Line Beach--50 yards south of creek A+ Los Angeles County Beaches Westward Beach A+ Surfrider Beach at breach location A+ Topanga State Beach C Will Rogers State Beach at Temescal Canyon B Will Rogers State Beach at Santa Monica Canyon F Santa Monica Municipal Pier--50 yards south F Ocean Park Beach at Ashland Avenue A+ Venice Beach--projection of Windward A+ Venice Beach--projection of Topsail Street A+ Dockweiler State Beach--projection of Culver Boulevard A+ Dockweiler State Beach at Imperial Highway A+ Manhattan Beach Pier A+ Hermosa Beach Pier A+ Redondo Municipal Pier A Cabrillo Beach, harbor side of lifeguard tower F Avalon Beach, south of pier A+ Long Beach City Beach--projection of 3rd Place A+ Belmont Pier--west side A+ Long Beach City Beach--projection of 55th Place A+ Los Cerritos Channel at Mother's Beach A+ Orange County Beaches Seal Beach--projection of 1st Street A+ Huntington State Beach--projection of Magnolia Street F Huntington State Beach Pier--200 yards south A Balboa Beach--the Wedge A+ Corona del Mar Beach--daily A Laguna Beach at Main Beach A+ South Laguna at middle of Aliso Creek C Dana Point at Monarch Beach C Doheny Beach, south of San Juan Creek A+ San Clemente at lifeguard building A+ San Onofre State Beach-San Mateo Creek outlet A+ Notes: Grades indicate the risk of getting sick from swimming. Ratings are based on several water samples taken in recent weeks. Avoid swimming within 100 yards of flowing storm drains. Source: Heal the Bay. More information: www.healthebay.org

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