It’s no secret that many Southern California beaches are less than superb when it comes to water quality. Some of our favorite surf spots and summer hang out locations are affected by high levels of bacteria living in the water.
Thankfully, Heal the Bay, an environmental non-profit organization in Santa Monica dedicated to making Southern California’s coastal waters and watersheds safe, healthy and clean, has put in countless hours of research to present the Annual Beach Report Card for California. The ABRC is made available free to the public to be sure that surfers and swimmers alike are aware of risky levels of bacteria at their local beaches.
After examining over 350 beaches weekly from Oregon to the Mexico border, Heal the Bay presented a list of the most polluted beaches in California in the 2013-2014 year:
– Cowell Beach At Wharf, Santa Cruz County
– Marina Lagoon, San Mateo County
– Stillwater Cove, Monterey County
– Clam Beach County Park, Humboldt County
– Santa Monica Pier, Los Angeles County
– Pillar Point Harbor, San Mateo County
– Capitola Beach West of Jetty, Santa Cruz County
– Windsurfer Circle, San Francisco County
– Cabrillo Beach Harborside, Los Angeles County
Join Heal the Bay today to help fight against pollution at your beach!