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The Region

How Safe Is the Surf?

January 04, 2003

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 77 103 53 Percentage receiving A grades 83% 64% 97%

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*--* Ventura County Beaches Rincon Beach -- 50 feet south of creek mouth A+ Promenade Park at California Street A+ Oxnard State Beach at Starfish Drive A+ Channel Islands Harbor Beach Park -- Kiddie Beach C 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 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 at Windward A Venice Beach at Topsail Street A+ Dockweiler State Beach at Culver Boulevard B Dockweiler State Beach at Imperial Highway B Manhattan Beach Pier B Hermosa Beach Pier C Redondo Municipal Pier D Cabrillo Beach, harbor side of lifeguard tower F Avalon Beach, south of pier N/A Long Beach City Beach at 3rd Place A+ Belmont Pier -- west side A+ Long Beach City Beach at 55th Place A+ Los Cerritos Channel at Mother's Beach A+ Orange County Beaches Seal Beach at 1st Street B Huntington Beach Pier -- 800 yards south A+ Huntington Beach at 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 Beach, south of San Juan Creek F San Clemente Beach, 450 feet north of pier A+ San Onofre State Beach -- San Mateo Creek outlet N/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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