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How Safe Is the Surf?

September 21, 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 56 Percentage receiving A grades 82% 69% 88%

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*--* Water quality at selected beaches: Ventura County Beaches Rincon Beach, 50 feet south of creek mouth F Promenade Park, projection of California Street A+ 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 A+ Topanga State Beach A+ Will Rogers State Beach at Temescal Canyon B Will Rogers State Beach at Santa Monica Canyon C Santa Monica Municipal Pier, 50 yards south A Ocean Park Beach at Ashland Avenue C 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 A Manhattan Beach Pier A+ Hermosa Beach Pier A+ Redondo Municipal Pier A 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 A+ Orange County Beaches Seal Beach, projection of 1st Street A+ Huntington Beach Pier, 800 yards south A+ Huntington Beach, projection of Magnolia Street D Balboa Beach, the Wedge A+ Corona del Mar Beach A+ Laguna Beach at Main Beach A+ South Laguna Beach 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+ 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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