Drought Reducing Germs at SoCal Beaches

Many of the beaches around Southern California have less bacteria floating around thanks in part to the long-standing drought,  environmental data shows.

The majority of area beaches currently have lower levels of germs and contaminants because of lack of rain and less polluted runoff, according to a report from the Environmental Protection Agency.  In 2015 there were 762 beach advisories in San Diego County, but the trend is declining, the EPA reported .

Currently a total of 97 Southern California beaches have an A or B grade for water quality, according to a report card issued by Heal the Bay.

On Monday beachgoers in Marina del Rey were happy to hear the news about overall cleaner beach water.

"I think it's very important to have a good beach, a clean beach," beachgoer Alex Doorduyn said. "Because when you’re out in the water, you don’t want a lot of garbage and trash out there because its' not safe or healthy."

Environmental officials encourage the public to help maintain the good water quality by picking up trash around local beaches and limiting runoff by reducing home water usage.