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How Safe Is the Surf?

November 30, 2002

Local water quality reports as of midweek:

Overall Grades

Notes: Grades indicate the risk of getting sick from swimming.

*--* 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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*--* Water quality at selected beaches: Ventura County Beaches Rincon Beach, 50 feet south of creek mouth D Promenade Park at California Street C Oxnard State Beach at 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 C Will Rogers State Beach at Temescal Canyon A Will Rogers State Beach at Santa Monica Canyon A Santa Monica Pier, 50 yards south B Ocean Park Beach at Ashland Avenue A Venice Beach at Windward Avenue A Venice Beach at Topsail Street A+ Dockweiler State Beach at 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 at 3rd Place F Belmont Pier, west side D Long Beach City Beach at 55th Place A+ Los Cerritos Channel at Mother's Beach A+ Orange County Beaches Seal Beach at 1st Street A+ Huntington Beach Pier, 800 yards south A+ Huntington Beach at Magnolia Street A+ Balboa Beach, the Wedge A+ Corona del Mar Beach A Laguna Beach at Main Beach F South Laguna Beach, middle of Aliso Creek C Dana Point at Monarch Beach A+ 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 NA

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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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