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Drought's upside? Better water quality at beaches, report says
Drought's upside? Better water quality at beaches, report says

There’s at least one upside to the drought: Record-low rainfall has resulted in cleaner water up and down the California 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 down to the coast during the driest year on record, Heal the Bay says. The analysis uses water-quality test results from hundreds of beaches to assign each a grade of A to F based on the level of bacteria in...

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