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The Region

How Safe Is the Surf?

September 14, 2002

Local water quality reports as of midweek:

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

Ratings are based on several water samples taken in recent weeks.

*--* Overall Gradings L.A Orange Ventura County County County Total number of beaches graded 82 106 56 Percentage receiving A grades 78% 74% 93%

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*--* Water quality at selected beaches: Ventura County Beaches Rincon Beach, 50 feet south of creek mouth C Promenade Park, projection of California Street A+ Oxnard State Beach, projection of Starfish Drive A+ Channel Islands Harbor Beach Park, Kiddie Beach A+ 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 D Will Rogers State Beach at Santa Monica Canyon F Santa Monica, 50 yards south of Municipal Pier A Ocean Park Beach at Ashland Avenue D Venice Beach, projection of Windward Avenue A+ Venice Beach, projection of Topsail Street A+ Dockweiler State Beach, projection of Culver Boulevard A+ Dockweiler State Beach at Imperial Highway B Manhattan Beach Pier A Hermosa Beach Pier A+ Redondo Municipal Pier A Cabrillo Beach, harbor side of lifeguard tower F Avalon Beach, south of pier B Long Beach City Beach, projection of 3rd Place A Belmont Pier, west side A+ Long Beach City Beach, projection of 55th Place A+ Los Cerritos Channel at Mother's Beach A+ Orange County Beaches Seal Beach, projection of 1st Street A+ Huntington Beach, 800 yards south of pier A+ Huntington Beach, projection of Magnolia Street C 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 Beach, south of San Juan Creek A San Clemente at lifeguard building A San Onofre State Beach, San Mateo Creek outlet A+

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Avoid swimming within 100 yards of flowing storm drains.

Source: Heal the Bay. More information: www.healthebay.org

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