July 22, 2024 The Best Source of News, Culture, Lifestyle for Culver City, Mar Vista, Del Rey, Palms and West Los Angeles

California’s Wet Winter, While Helpful For Drought, Has Armed Our Oceans

California’s wet winter — hailed for busting the state’s drought — had a debilitating effect on Los Angeles County beaches by driving up ocean bacteria levels during the rainy period, ruining what had been improving water quality during the dry summer, according to a report released Thursday by an environmental group.

According to Heal the Bay’s annual Beach Report Card, about 93 percent of Los Angeles County beaches received “A” grades during the high-traffic summer season from April to October of 2016, up 4 percent from the previous year. But with winter rains sending billions of gallons of polluted runoff into the ocean during the winter months of November 2016 to March 2017, nearly half of the county’s 85 beaches earned an “F.”

“We want people catching waves, not bugs, when they head to the beach,” said Sarah Sikich, vice president of Heal the Bay. “The reassuring news 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.”

Two Los Angeles County beaches landed on Heal the Bay’s “Beach Bummers” list of heavily polluted ocean water — the Santa Monica Pier placing sixth and Mother’s Beach in Marina del Rey ranked ninth. Orange County also had two beaches on the “bummer” list, with the San Clemente Pier placing second and Monarch Beach in Dana Point ranked 10th.

The most polluted beach in the state, according to the Beach Bummers list, was Clam Beach County Park in Humboldt County.

In contrast, 14 beaches in Orange County earned spots on Heal the Bay’s “Honor Roll” for clean water. Seven locations in Laguna Beach landed on the Honor Roll, along with four in Newport Beach, two in Dana Point and one in San Clemente. In Los Angeles County, two beaches in Malibu were listed on the Honor Roll, along with Bluff Cove in Palos Verdes Estates and Portuguese Bend Cove in Rancho Palos Verdes.

Statewide, 96 percent of the 416 monitored beaches earned overall grades of A or B, a slight improvement over last year, according to Heal the Bay.

Related Posts

(Video) School of Rock Offering Summer Camps for Future Rockstars

July 22, 2024

July 22, 2024

Various Camps Are Offered for Beginners and Experienced Musicians Alike @culvercitywlanews Camps are offered for musicians of various skill levels...

Suspect Killed by Los Angeles County Sheriffs in Shooting in West Hollywood

July 21, 2024

July 21, 2024

Incident on N. Gardner St. Under Investigation by Sheriff’s Homicide Detectives Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide detectives are investigating a...

Ryan Garcia Charged with Allegedly Vandalizing the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills

July 21, 2024

July 21, 2024

DA Gascón Announces Charges for the Incident on June 8 Boxer Ryan Garcia has been charged with allegedly vandalizing the...

President Biden and Local Politicians Endorse Brentwood Resident VP Kamala Harris for President

July 21, 2024

July 21, 2024

Vice President Kamala Harris Gains Support as Democratic Nominee In a surprise announcement on Sunday afternoon, President Joe Biden announced,...

Culver City Police Arrest Four Juvenile Suspects in Vehicle Burglary Spree

July 21, 2024

July 21, 2024

Collaboration with Residents Leads to Arrests and Recovery of Evidence Culver City experienced a series of vehicle burglaries in various...

Cinespia Announces Additional Special Screenings at Hollywood Forever Cemetery

July 19, 2024

July 19, 2024

Featuring Tributes to Paul Reubens and Shelly Duvall and Annual Screenings Cinespia, the popular cinematic experience presented by Amazon MGM...

Michelle Bisnoff Arrested for $2 Million Investor Fraud Scheme

July 19, 2024

July 19, 2024

CEO of ESOS Rings Faces Securities and Wire Fraud Charges A Boca Raton woman was arrested today on charges of...

Felony Battery Suspect Arrested in South Brentwood Sexual Assault on July 16

July 18, 2024

July 18, 2024

26-Year-Old Taken Into Custody After Assault on Gretna Green Way Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department’s West Los Angeles...

Culver City Opens Nomination Period for City Council Candidates This Week

July 18, 2024

July 18, 2024

Residents Invited to File Nomination Papers from July 15 to August 8  The nomination period for Culver City’s City Council...

(Video) Only One More Saturday Pop Up of Pa’s Biscuitisserie at Cardinale du Vin Left!

July 18, 2024

July 18, 2024

From 9 am to 2 pm, the best biscuits: their tribute to Red Lobster’s Cheddar Bay biscuits and the best...

(Video) Cold Brew Lou Celebrates Three Years at the Motor Avenue Farmers Market With New Coffee Drinks

July 17, 2024

July 17, 2024

Stay cool with Cold Brew Lou’s new creations, orange you curious? Check them out. @culvercitywlanews Cold Brew Lou Celebrates Three...

Danny Boy’s Famous Original’s New Location Now Open in Westwood Village

July 17, 2024

July 17, 2024

Acclaimed Chef Daniel Holzman Brings New York-Style Pizza to Westwood Daniel Holzman, celebrated chef and industry veteran, will open the...

New Restaurant Alert: All Roads Pinseria + Enoteca to Open in Brentwood on July 26

July 17, 2024

July 17, 2024

Roman-Style Eatery Boasts Unique Pinsa and Italian Specialties, Italian Wines Exciting news for the Westside: All Roads Pinseria + Enoteca,...

String of Car Burglaries Reported in Culver City Early Sunday, July 14

July 17, 2024

July 17, 2024

Residents Urged to Check Security Footage and Take Precautions A series of car burglaries occurred in Culver City early Sunday,...

Sexual Assault Reported in South Brentwood, Suspect at Large

July 16, 2024

July 16, 2024

LAPD Confirms Incident, Community Seeks Help to Identify Man A post on Nextdoor this evening reported the shocking news that...