Summer Report Card Shows 90% of Beaches Earned “A” and “B” Scores

By Ashley Cordes – Long Beach Post

Beach waters in Long Beach were healthier than ever this summer, according to Heal the Bay’s most recent End of Summer Beach Report Card.

Of the 15 beaches monitored weekly by the Long Beach Health Department, 14 received “A” and “B” grades for the period between Memorial Day through Labor Day, meaning more than 90% of beaches received excellent marks. Last summer, only 77% of Long Beach waters received “A” and “B” grades.

The one beach that faltered from the positive scores this summer was the testing site at 55th Place, which received a “D” for its exceedance above state water quality standards. Nelson Kerr, Manager of Long Beach’s Bureau of Environmental Health, says that the location received weekly “A+” grades until June 25 when a single bad sample earned it a “D.”

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