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2014-2015 Annual Beach Report Card

2015 annual beach report card

Heal the Bay released its annual beach report card for the best and worst beaches.

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Beach bummer: With another year of extremely poor water quality, Mother’s Beach in Marina del Rey moved up the Beach Bummer list from third place to second. It appears that the installed circulation devices are not doing enough to improve water quality at Mother’s Beach. As with most enclosed bodies of water throughout the state, poor water quality is exacerbated by poor water circulation. Three of the top five Beach Bummers are located within enclosed bodies of water.

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Beach bummer: For 12 straight years, Cabrillo Beach in L.A. Harbor has made the Top 10 Beach Bummer list. This year was no different with a No. 9 spot on the list. Despite extensive improvement projects, poor water quality continues to plague this beach.

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Beach bummer: The Santa Monica Pier has a long history of chronic beach pollution and unfortunately continues to stay on the Beach Bummer list at No. 6 this year.

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Honor roll: Once again, The Wedge in Newport Beach made the honor roll of California’s year-round monitored beaches with excellent water quality.

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Honor roll: Dana Point Harbor made the honor roll of California’s year-round monitored beaches with excellent water quality.

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Honor roll: Cardiff State Beach made the honor roll of California’s year-round monitored beaches with excellent water quality.

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