Heavy rains last winter poured billions of gallons of polluted runoff into storm drains and, eventually, the ocean, significantly increasing health risks at many Southern California beaches, according to the environmental group Heal the Bay’s annual beach report card.
“The reassuring news,” said Sarah Sikich, Heal the Bay’s vice president, “is that if you swim at an open-ocean beach in the summer away from storm drains and creek mouths, you statistically have very little risk of getting ill.”
No local beaches received failing marks from April to October 2016, the summer reporting period.
Released Thursday, the annual survey of beaches statewide showed that almost half the 85 beaches that Los Angeles County monitored last year earned F grades during the wet winter.
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Get all the details in the full report here.