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LA County's 4 Grossest and 7 Cleanest Beaches of the Year

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It's Memorial Day weekend and Heal the Bay has released its annual Beach Report Card, so you'll know just how nasty or delightful your beach is, based on bacterial pollution. Overall, beach water quality is up at Los Angeles County's 89 beaches--about 84 percent got A or B grades for summer 2012, up two percent over the year before and almost 10 percent from two years before. According to a Heal the Bay press release, the better grades are due to "Infrastructure improvements aimed at curbing bacterial pollution ? but two years of very low rainfall also led to improved grades" (less rainfall means less gross runoff). Still, the County "continues to have the greatest number of beaches with poor water quality grades of any county in the state." There are three LA County repeat offenders on the worst beaches list this year, and a new addition:

4. Redondo Beach Pier
3. Malibu Pier
2. Cabrillo Beach (harborside at restrooms)
1. Avalon Beach, Catalina (holding the number one worst spot in the state for fourth time in five years)

Meanwhile, seven LA County beaches made HtB's Honor Roll with perfect A-pluses:

-- Leo Carrillo Beach at Arroyo Sequit Creek
-- Zuma Beach at Zuma Creek mouth
-- Las Tunas County Beach at Pena Creek
-- Hermosa City Beach at Twenty-Sixth Street
-- Palos Verdes (Bluff) Cove, Palos Verdes Estates
-- Abalone Cove Shoreline Park
-- Cabrillo Beach, ocean side

Around the Southland, Orange County "notched excellent summer grades, but is still grappling with significant pollution levels at Doheny and Poche beaches" and Ventura "continues to report some of the best beach water quality in the state, scoring near perfect grades for both dry and wet weather."
· Here Are LA County's 3 Grossest Beaches For Water Quality [Curbed LA]