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How Safe Is the Surf?

October 19, 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 51 Percentage receiving A grades 74% 70% 90%

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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 NA County Line Beach, 25 yards south of creek A+

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Los Angeles County Beaches

*--* Westward Beach A+ Surfrider Beach at breach location A+ 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 A Ocean Park Beach at Ashland Avenue A Venice Beach, projection of Windward Avenue A Venice Beach, projection of Topsail Street F Dockweiler State Beach, projection of Culver Boulevard B 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 C Avalon Beach, south of pier A+ Long Beach City Beach, projection of 3rd Place F Belmont Pier, west side A Long Beach City Beach, projection of 55th Place A Los Cerritos Channel at Mother's Beach D

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Orange County Beaches

*--* Seal Beach, projection of 1st Street A Huntington Beach Pier, 800 yards south A Huntington State Beach, projection of Magnolia Street F Balboa Beach, the Wedge A+ Corona del Mar Beach A+ Laguna Beach at Main Beach A South Laguna at middle of Aliso Creek A Dana Point at Monarch Beach A+ Doheny State Beach, south of San Juan Creek F San Clemente State Beach, 450 feet north of pier B San Onofre State Beach, San Mateo Creek outlet 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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