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How Safe Is the Surf?

July 20, 2002

*--* Local water quality reports as of midweek: Overall Gradings L.A Orange Ventura County County County Total number of beaches graded 82 106 56 Percentage receiving A grades 74% 77% 89%

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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 F Oxnard State Beach, projection of Starfish Drive A+ Channel Islands Harbor Beach Park, Kiddie Beach A+ 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 B Will Rogers State Beach at Temescal Canyon A 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 Avenue 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 at lifeguard tower F Avalon Beach, south of pier B 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 A Laguna Beach at Main Beach A South Laguna at middle of Aliso Creek C Dana Point at Monarch Beach, south of Salt Creek C Doheny Beach, south of San Juan Creek A San Clemente at lifeguard building A+ San Onofre State Beach 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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