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How Safe is the Surf?

June 08, 2002

Local water quality reports as of midweek:

Overall gradings

L.A. Orange Ventura

County County County

Beaches graded 82 106 54

% receiving A grades 80% 79% 93%

Water quality at selected beaches:

Ventura County Beaches

Rincon Beach--50 feet south of creek mouth B

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 B

Topanga State Beach A

Will Rogers State Beach at Temescal Canyon A+

Will Rogers State Beach at Santa Monica Canyon A

Santa Monica Municipal Pier--50 yards south F

Ocean Park Beach at Ashland Avenue B

Venice Beach--projection of Windward A+

Venice Beach--projection of Topsail Street A+

Dockweiler State Bch--projection of Culver Boulevard B

Dockweiler State Bch at Imperial Highway A

Manhattan Beach Pier A+

Hermosa Beach Pier A+

Redondo Municipal Pier B

Cabrillo Beach, harbor side of lifeguard tower D

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 F

Huntington State Bch-Projection of Magnolia Street A

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 A+

Dana Point at Monarch Beach A+

Doheny Beach, south of San Juan Creek F

San Clemente at lifeguard building A+

San Onofre State Beach--San Mateo Creek outlet B

* Grades indicate the risk of getting sick from swimming.

* Based on several water samples taken in recent weeks.

* Avoid swimming within 100 yards of flowing storm drains.

Source: Heal the Bay. More information:

How Much Pollen Is in the Air?

Category Count Level Trend Types

Trees 88 High - Palm, birch, pecan, olive

Weeds 4 Mod. + Lamb's quarters

Grasses 4 Mod. +

Mold spores 1,908 Mod. + Cladsporium, smuts

Source: Dr. M. Michael Glovsky, Asthma and Allergy Center

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