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How Safe Is the Surf?

November 23, 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 at breach location F 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 C Ocean Park Beach at Ashland Avenue A Venice Beach -- projection of Windward B 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 D 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 D 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 -- daily A Laguna Beach at Main Beach A South Laguna at middle of Aliso Creek D Dana Point at Monarch Beach NA Doheny Beach -- south of San Juan Creek D San Clemente Beach -- 450 feet north of pier A+ San Onofre State Beach -- San Mateo Creek outlet NA

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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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