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Report card grades San Diego beaches' water quality

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Posted at 10:31 AM, Jun 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-07 14:24:14-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - San Diego’s beaches relatively good marks when it comes to water quality, according to a new report.

A report released Thursday by environmental group Heal the Bay shows county beaches in 2017-18 “had excellent summer dry grades (100% A or B) and winter dry grades (95% A or B).

The report indicates the lack of rain in the past year has actually helped improve beach grades throughout the California. With not much rain falling across the state, that meant less pollutants ending up at beaches.

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In last year’s beach report, Heal the Bay labeled La Jolla Cove as one of its “Beach Bummers” due to poor water quality. The failing grade was based on high bacteria levels in the water caused by bird or seal waste, urban run-off from humans and trash.

This year, however, La Jolla Cove was not on the Beach Bummer list. The group gave the beach an A grade “for the summer dry season this year.”

The 10 Beach Bummers, according to Heal the Bay’s list:

1. Poche Beach – Orange County
2. Marina Lagoon, Lakeshore Park - San Mateo County
3. Linda Mar Beach - San Mateo County
4. Clam Beach County Park - Humboldt County
5. Roosevelt Beach - San Mateo County
6. Luffenholtz Beach - Humboldt County
7. Santa Monica Pier - Los Angeles County
8. Cowell Beach - Santa Cruz County
9. Cabrillo Beach, harborside - Los Angeles County
10. Surfer’s Beach - San Mateo County

Click here to view the complete 2017-18 Beach Report Card