L.A. County Beaches Report Card: Interactive Map

How did your favorite beach score?

The following is a water quality report from July 15 to Aug. 15 compiled from data courtesy of Heal the Bay, a nonprofit environmental group.

Grades are based on an A to F scale. Grades indicate the likelihood of swimmers becoming ill. Water samples are analyzed for bacteria – enterococcus, total and fecal coliforms. The report does not measure the amount of trash or toxins found at local beaches.

Dark Blue Marker = A+

Light Blue Marker = A

Green Marker = B

Yellow Marker = C

Pink = D

Red Marker = F

Purple Marker = No sample taken

Cece Stein July 28, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Wendi, Lets find out why there are failing beach grades on a consistent basis 50 yrds east of the pie . Do they fail at 40 yrds east of the pier? At 20 yrds? At the Pier? West of the pier? What is the source of the pollution and where does it go on a South Wind?
J. Flo July 28, 2012 at 10:42 PM
Love seeing so many A's in Paradise Cove, Point Dume, Zuma, Leo Carrillo, Big Rock, Carbon, Topanga, Will Rogers, Las Flores, etc.! Fantastic -
david price July 29, 2012 at 01:35 AM
Cece: I think it comes from Jack in the Box :-)
Nancy Wride (Editor) August 04, 2012 at 06:29 PM
Look at Long Beach, all As.
CynfulCyndi August 06, 2012 at 09:44 PM
Looks like my beach (Redondo @ the Pier) got an A+; Yeah!! Now if they only get rid of some of that seaweed & those bugs!!
Elena Corral August 11, 2012 at 01:22 PM
Happy to see Paradise Cove so clean. Now, the mess at PCH and the entrance to the beach....different story!
Gregory Alper August 11, 2012 at 02:49 PM
I wish the map were bigger. Hard to determine specific beaches.
michael lynch August 11, 2012 at 03:11 PM
the markers for surfrider are pancaked with red buried in the pile. any one know which one is red (breach)?
David Carini (Editor) August 11, 2012 at 04:54 PM
Greg, you can zoom in on the map by using the + button on the top left corner.
Travel August 11, 2012 at 11:57 PM
Having a problem with the colors. Are the predominantly blue ones on the map light blue or dark blue?
Cece Stein August 12, 2012 at 03:00 AM
Heeeeellllooooo Weeeeennnddiiii - Steve is dying to know if you have you come to any conclusions why beach testing consistently keeps coming back as failing from the test site 50 yards east of the pier? Since you are the self described Water Quality Activist, what is your take ?
David Carini (Editor) August 12, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Most of them are dark blue, which is an A+
David Carini (Editor) August 12, 2012 at 04:50 PM
Michael, just like I replied to Greg, you can zoom in on the map and then click on each marker, it will display the name of the beach.
J. Flo August 12, 2012 at 07:16 PM
Malibu is predominantly A+. Incredible success!
Cece Stein August 13, 2012 at 04:11 AM
http://brc.healthebay.org/ If you go the the Heal the Bay Beach grade data site you will see a complete year around compilation of what the rest of the data is for each of the beach sites. Click on the historical data. Apparently right now in the dry season is when you want to claim Malibu is so clean and pristine because the rest of the year especially in the rainy season when septic leechfields are inundated with high water tables is when the human waste starts its journey to the creeks, lagoons, beaches and ocean enthusiast. Before the Lagoon Restoration dewatering started a few weeks ago a hot young local surfer kid got a staph infection after surfing Surfrider. He is now taking heavy duty antibiotics. During other times of the year is when other surfers have gotten sick and have even died. Even DDS Perkins testified here on Patch that he got sick after paddling in at Escondido Beach and distinctly smelled the horrible stench of human waste. Malibu cannot use 3rd world discharge methods forever. In the one month of this last June, 1.5 million visitors came to Malibu and left there waste in our Zip Code. Our geology will one day explode under the pressure of millions of gallons of human waste being injected into our groundwater and just will not be able to absorb it all. In some places we are already suffering the consequences of over saturation.
Batman August 13, 2012 at 11:20 AM
I don't know that's even possible :)
Jim August 18, 2012 at 04:33 PM
Jim August 18, 2012 at 04:39 PM
RB Pier and Topaz Jetty are usually pretty bad and Saphire,which is inbetween, usually gets pretty good grades. I guess water stagnates around the jetty, and the Pier provides lots of pollution off bacteria to grow.
Cece Stein August 18, 2012 at 05:06 PM
We're hearing crickets so Steve and I are going to assume ... septics?
Gary August 18, 2012 at 09:29 PM
What about the Venice canals? Inquirung minds want to know
marie August 19, 2012 at 12:29 AM
@Jim and anyone interested in learning more about water quality and bacteria levels, here's 2 very informative articles. They're long, but worth the read. http://www.malibucity.org/index.cfm/fuseaction/detail/navid/493/cid/16031/ http://www.malibucity.org/index.cfm/fuseaction/detail/navid/493/cid/17639/


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