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How Safe Is the Surf?

October 26, 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 50 Percentage receiving A grades 72% 70% 90%

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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 F County Line Beach, 25 yards south of creek A+ Los Angeles County Beaches Westward Beach A+ Surfrider Beach A Topanga State Beach B Will Rogers State Beach at Temescal Canyon A Will Rogers State Beach at Santa Monica Canyon C Santa Monica Municipal Pier, 50 yards south C 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 C Hermosa Beach Pier A Redondo Municipal Pier D Cabrillo Beach, harbor side of lifeguard tower F Avalon Beach, south of pier A+ Long Beach City Beach, projection of 3rd Place D Belmont Pier, west side A Long Beach City Beach, projection of 55th Place A+ Los Cerritos Channel at Mother's Beach D Orange County Beaches Seal Beach, projection of 1st Street A Huntington Beach Pier, 800 yards south A Huntington State Beach, projection of Magnolia Street D Balboa Beach, the Wedge A+ Corona del Mar State Beach A+ Laguna Beach at Main Beach A South Laguna at middle of Aliso Creek A Dana Point at Monarch Beach C 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+ 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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