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Drought has upside: record-low rainfall means cleaner beach water
Drought has upside: record-low rainfall means cleaner beach water

California's drought has at least one upside: Record-low rainfall has resulted in cleaner water up and down the coast, a new report says. Ninety-five percent of California beaches earned A or B grades for water quality during the summer of 2013, a 2% improvement over the previous year, according to the annual Beach Report Card released Thursday by Heal the Bay, an environmental group. The grades ticked up largely because lower amounts of polluted runoff flowed to the coast during the driest year on record, Heal the Bay says. The analysis used water-quality test results from hundreds of beaches from April 2013 to March 2014 to assign each a grade of A to F based on the level of...

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