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Know Your Polluted Beach: State's 10 Worst

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Just in time for the holiday weekend, Heal the Bay has released its annual beach report card. According to the press release, the group studies 375 locations and using an A to F scale, appoints "grades based on daily and weekly fecal bacteria pollution levels in the surfzone." The good news: overall, California's beaches had the best water quality on record. The bad news is that Los Angeles County had the worst grades in the state: five of the ten worst in the state were in our country. But one reason for our low scores is how smart we are--we collect samples from flowing storm drains, which Heal the Bay says is actually the most accurate way to measure pollution levels. But about those scores: Catalina Island came in at the bottom and if you have any open sore situation going on, maybe avoid Long Beach.

The Top 10 Beach Bummers

1. Avalon Harbor Beach on Catalina Island (Los Angeles County)
2. Santa Monica Municipal Pier (Los Angeles County)
3. Poche Beach (Orange County)
4. North Beach Doheny (Orange County)
5. Marie Canyon Drain at Puerco Beach (Los Angeles County)
6. Cabrillo Beach harborside (Los Angeles County)
7. City of Long Beach -- multiple locations (Los Angeles County)
8. Campbell Cove State Park Beach (Sonoma County)
9. Clam Beach County Park near Strawberry Creek (Humboldt County)
10. Pismo Beach Pier (San Luis Obispo County)