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How Safe is the Surf?

November 09, 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 53 Percentage receiving A grades 60% 69% 81%

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*--* Water quality at selected beaches: Ventura County Beaches Rincon Beach -- 50 feet south of creek mouth A 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 -- 25 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 B Ocean Park Beach at Ashland Avenue A Venice Beach -- projection of Windward C 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 C Hermosa Beach Pier A Redondo Municipal Pier F Cabrillo Beach, harbor side of lifeguard tower F Avalon Beach, south of pier NA Long Beach City Beach -- projection of 3rd Place F Belmont Pier -- west side F Long Beach City Beach -- projection of 55th Place A+ Los Cerritos Channel at Mother's Beach F Orange County Beaches Seal Beach -- projection of 1st Street A Huntington Beach Pier -- 800 yards south A Huntington Beach -- projection of Magnolia Street A Balboa Beach -- the Wedge A+ Corona del Mar Beach A+ Laguna Beach at Main Beach A+ South Laguna at middle of Aliso Creek F Dana Point at Monarch Beach C Doheny Beach, south of San Juan Creek F San Clemente Beach, 450 feet north of pier 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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