SANTA MONICA (CBSLA.com) — Ocean water quality at Southern California beaches continues to improve in part because the drought causes less rain runoff, according to a report released Thursday by Heal the Bay.
But Los Angeles and Orange counties are still home to 4 of the 10 most-polluted beaches in the state, the environmental group said.
According to its “2015-16 Beach Report Card,” 92 percent of Los Angeles County’s 88 beaches scored A or B grades in terms of pollutants during the summer months of April to October of last year.
The results were roughly on par with the previous year’s results, but a 6-percent boost over the county’s average for the past five years.
Three beaches in Los Angeles County made the “Beach Bummer” list of the state’s most polluted beaches:
- Santa Monica Pier
- Mother’s Beach in Marina del Rey
- Redondo Municipal Pier
Orange County had one beach on the most-polluted list — Monarch Beach in the Dana Point area.