Report Reviews San Diego Beaches

Last year, 97 percent of beaches in San Diego County received A and B grades

By Sarah Grieco
|  Thursday, May 24, 2012  |  Updated 5:12 PM PDT
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Good news for surfers and beach goers: The majority San Diego beaches were given grades of A and A- in the annual Beach Report Card.

The report card analyzes water quality along the California coastline and assigns letter grades to encourage people to swim at clean beaches.

Last year, 97 percent of beaches in San Diego County received A and B grades. It aligned pretty well with the rest of California, where 92 percent of beaches received A’s or B’s.

Areas of concern were the San Luis Rey River outlet and the mouth of the Tijuana River. The Beach Report Card ranked them with F’s following rainy weather.

Urban runoff also continues to be a problem after wet weather in San Diego, said James Alamillo from Heal the Bay.  Water tends to be dirtier following rain because of chemicals used on land end up flowing into the ocean.

The one big black mark in San Diego was the 5-day closure of Torrey Pines State Beach after Pump Station 64 lost power in the regional blackout last September.

The Beach Report Card is updated weekly and can be used to check water quality before heading to the shores this summer.
 

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