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Thirty years ago, swimmers would get sick, especially after it rained, but few people knew when or where to avoid California’s beaches.

Now, @HealTheBay’s annual pollution report card makes it easy. ⬇️  https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-06-30/california-beach-report-card 

Now in its 30th year, the report card assigns letter grades A+ through F based on routine beach water-quality sampling from county health officials, sanitation departments, and state and Tribal agencies.  https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-06-30/california-beach-report-card 

The higher the grade, the better the water quality. Swimming at a beach with a grade of C or lower greatly increases the risk of skin rashes, ear infections and other illnesses.

How does your favorite beach rank?  https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-06-30/california-beach-report-card 

Grades across Southern California were good this year with Orange County home to 20 beaches that received an A+ every week.  https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-06-30/california-beach-report-card 

California’s dirtiest beach this year came as a surprise: Fitzgerald Marine Reserve, by the San Vicente Creek Outlet in San Mateo County.

Check out the top 10 with this graphic from @VanessaMartinez.  https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-06-30/california-beach-report-card 

A good rule of thumb is to wait 72 hours after it rains before going into the ocean.

“People need to stay vigilant and understand that we need to protect our planet and our environment and our clean water regardless of what else is going on.”  https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-06-30/california-beach-report-card 

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