Heal the Bay rates La Jolla beaches among tops on ‘report card’

La Jolla Shores was one of the local beaches receiving an A+ on the Beach Report Card. Light file photo

City News Service

The five La Jolla beaches included in the annual Heal the Bay report received A or A+ grades, topping the list that shows most of beaches along the California coast received generally high marks for water quality, but several locations in San Diego County received failing grades.

The environmental group gave A+ ratings to La Jolla Shores at the projection of Avenida de la Playa, La Jolla Cove, and WindanSea at Playa del Norte and A’s to Ravina — south of Nicholson Point _ and South Casa Beach just south of the Children’s Pool the top ratings during dry weather. However, the Shores spot — where sewer water routinely overflows during storms — scored an F during wet periods and an A for its year-round score.

The group’s Beach Report Card assigns letter grades to beaches based on levels of weekly bacteria pollution.

The environmental group reported F grades were given to two locations at Mission Bay — Bonita Cove and the visitor’s center — along with Shoreline Beach Park at Shelter Island and the outlet of the San Luis Rey River in Oceanside.

The largest concentration of polluted beaches in the county were near the border, including Border Field State Park, the Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Reserve and the south end of Imperial Beach, according to the group’s 2010-11 Beach Report Card.

No San Diego-area beaches were on Heal the Bay’s list of Top 10 “Beach Bummers,” but quite a few in the North County made the honor roll, meaning they never exceeded state bacterial standards for ocean water quality during dry weather.
They included:

• in Oceanside, at Tyson and Forster streets and near the end of St. Malo Road;

• in Carlsbad, at the end of Cerezo Drive and Palomar Airport Road;

• in Encinitas, the pipes surf break at San Elijo State Park and north
of the park’s stairs, Cardiff State Beach south of the Charthouse and Seaside State Park;

• in Solana Beach, Fletcher Cove off Lomas Santa Fe Drive; and
• in Del Mar at the end of 15th Street.

Of 76 monitoring locations, 93 percent received grades of either A or B
in the report during dry weather. The figure dropped to 72 percent after a rainstorm.

Residents can check grades for their favorite beaches at the website beachreportcard.org.

Editor’s note: This is an updated version on this story, corrected after we realized we based our earlier report on outdated scores

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