After a catastrophic year of oil spills and sewage equipment failures, here’s some good news for the California coast: Most beaches across the state are still much cleaner than in decades past.
In its annual “report card,” Heal the Bay graded more than 700 beaches and found that 94% of California’s beaches logged clean water-quality marks between April and October 2021, and that 51 beaches had perfect year-round scores — a good sign for a shoreline once riddled with so much trash and bacteria that people often got sick when they swam.
But the report still found troubling pockets of pollution — some surprising and others stubborn — especially in the winter months.
Another year of extreme drought has also made things more complicated: Beaches tend to be less polluted in drier…
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