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How Safe Is the Surf?

November 16, 2002

Local water quality reports as of midweek:

Overall Gradings

Water quality at selected beaches:

*--* L.A Orange Ventura County County County Total number of beaches graded 82 106 53 Percentage receiving A grades 55% 69% 67%

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*--* Ventura County Beaches Rincon Beach, 50 feet south of creek mouth D Promenade Park, projection of California Street C 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 A Topanga State Beach A+ 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 C Venice Beach, projection of Topsail Street A+ Dockweiler State Beach at Culver Boulevard A+ Dockweiler State Beach at Imperial Highway A Manhattan Beach Pier D Hermosa Beach Pier A Redondo Municipal Pier D Cabrillo Beach, harbor side of lifeguard tower F Avalon Beach, south of pier N/A Long Beach City Beach at 3rd Place F Belmont Pier, west side D Long Beach City Beach at 55th Place A+ Los Cerritos Channel at Mother's Beach F Orange County Beaches Seal Beach at 1st Street A+ Huntington Beach Pier, 800 yards south A Huntington State Beach at Magnolia Street A Balboa Beach, the Wedge A+ Corona del Mar State Beach A Laguna Beach at Main Beach A South Laguna at middle of Aliso Creek C Dana Point at Monarch Beach C Doheny State Beach, south of San Juan Creek F San Clemente State Beach, 450 feet north of pier A+ San Onofre State Beach, San Mateo Creek outlet N/A

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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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