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No “Beach Bummers” in San Diego County

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Aired 4/19/09

San Diego County beaches received mostly good marks on an environmental group's annual report card. But nine beaches were given poor marks for high levels of bacteria. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has details.

The environmental group Heal the Bay says water quality generally improved across the state. The group assigns A to F letter grades to more than 500 California beaches. In San Diego County poor water quality was found at San Elijo Lagoon outlet at Cardiff State Beach, P.B. Point in Pacific Beach and the Tijuana Slough. Beaches getting 'F' grades: Bahia Point, the Visitors Center in Mission Bay and Bayside Park in San Diego Bay.

A poor grade means beachgoers face a higher risk of getting illnesses such as stomach flu, ear infections and other ailments. No San Diego County beaches made the group's "Beach Bummer list.” Los Angeles County has seven of the 10 most polluted-water beaches in the state and had the state's worst overall beach water quality. Ed Joyce, KPBS News.

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