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Heal the Bay's 2009 California End of Summer Beach Report Card

The End of Summer Report Card is In - 99 0ut of 103 Orange County Beaches receive straight A's!

By Heal the Bay on 10/2/2009

Orange County: Overall water quality at beaches in Orange County this past summer was excellent and slightly better than last year. Of the 103 water quality monitoring locations covered by the Beach Report Card, 102 (99%) received A or B grades. The notorious hot spots of the past at Huntington Beach at Magnolia Street and Brookhurst Street both received B grades. Despite the installation of a new UV treatment facility at the mouth of Poche Creek, Poche Beach (F) earned Orange County’s only poor grade for this summer. San Juan Creek at Doheny Beach scored an F grade last year but this year was an A grade for the summer. All historically poor beaches in Dana Point received A grades (all of the Baby beaches).

There were no known sewage spills in Orange County during the summer of 2009. This is great news, especially compared to seven spills during the 2008 summer.