December 5, 2023
A gaggle of younger individuals look out over the ocean at Windansea as rain falls within the distance. Picture by Chris Stone

An unusually moist winter led to water high quality challenges at California seashores, in accordance with an annual report launched Wednesday by an environmental group, which decided that solely two seashores statewide — together with one in San Diego County — have been worthy of spots on its coveted “honor roll” of fresh water circumstances.

In 2021, 50 seashores landed on Heal the Bay’s honor roll, which is included within the group’s annual Seashore Report Card. The one two incomes the designation for the 2022-23 season have been Level Loma Lighthouse in San Diego County and Bean Hole State Seashore in San Mateo County.

The report famous that seashore water high quality remained excellent throughout dry climate throughout the state. Total, 95% of California seashores reviewed by Heal the Bay obtained letter grades of A or B. The group assigns the grades based mostly on ranges of fecal-indicator bacterial air pollution.

Regardless of the general good scores, group officers mentioned researchers “stay deeply involved about ocean water high quality,” noting that “polluted waters pose a major well being danger to thousands and thousands of individuals in California.”

“As local weather change continues to convey climate whiplash, our water woes will swing from shortage to air pollution. This yr, document precipitation produced main impacts on water high quality throughout Coastal California,” mentioned Tracy Quinn, president and CEO of Heal the Bay, mentioned in a press release. “Now greater than ever, we should prioritize multi-benefit tasks to handle stormwater as each a water high quality and provide resolution, all whereas guaranteeing that the general public is saved knowledgeable of dangers to public well being.”

Playa Blanca close to Tijuana and the Santa Monica Pier tied for first place on Heal the Bay’s doubtful “Seashore Bummers” listing, which tallies essentially the most polluted seashores within the state.

The Tijuana River Mouth in San Diego County positioned sixth on the listing.

–Metropolis Information Service