Report names California's best and worst beaches for water quality

Heal the Bay, an advocacy organization which works to protect California's coastal waters and watersheds, has released its annual report on water quality at the state's beaches. Thirty-three beaches and waterfronts were included on an "honor roll" for exhibiting excellent water quality, while 10 beaches were ranked on the "Beach Bummer" list of the state's most polluted beaches.

Beaches on the honor roll included:

San Mateo County

Sharp Park Beach, projection of San Jose Avenue

Sharp Park Beach, projection of Birch Lane

Montara State Beach, at Martini Creek

Francis Beach at the foot of the steps

Bean Hollow State Beach

San Luis Obispo County

Morro Strand State Beach, projection of Beachcomber Drive

Los Angeles County

Pena Creek at Las Tunas County Beach

Will Rogers State Beach at Pulga Canyon storm drain

Venice City Beach at Windward Avenue drain

Malaga Cove, Palos Verdes Estates

Abalone Cove Shoreline Park

Portuguese Bend Cove, Rancho Palos Verdes

Cabrillo Beach, ocean side

Orange County

Sunset Beach, projection of Broadway

Bolsa Chica Beach across from Reserve Flood Gates

Balboa Beach, The Wedge

Newport Bay, Park Avenue Beach

Newport Bay, Rocky Point Beach

Emerald Bay

Laguna Main Beach

Table Rock

Laguna Lido Apartments

9th Street 1000 Steps Beach

San Clemente, Trafalgar Street Beach

San Clemente, Avenida Calafia

Oceanside, Saint Malo Beach

Carlsbad, projection of Cerezo Drive

Carlsbad, Encina Creek outlet

Carlsbad, projection of Ponto Drive

Carlsbad, projection of Poinsettia Lane

Windansea Beach, projection of Playa del Norte

Point Loma, Lighthouse

These 10 waterfronts made the "Beach Bummers" list:

  1. Cowell Beach – at the wharf (Santa Cruz County)
  2. Marina Lagoon (San Mateo County)
  3. Marina del Rey – Mother's Beach (Los Angeles County)
  4. Cabrillo Beach harborside (Los Angeles County)
  5. Stillwater Cove (Monterey County)
  6. Clam Beach County Park (Humboldt County)
  7. Santa Monica Pier (Los Angeles County)
  8. Pillar Point Harbor (San Mateo County)
  9. Capitola Beach – West of jetty (Santa Cruz County)
  10. Windsurfer Circle at Candlestick Point (San Francisco County)


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