✅ The July 4 holiday weekend and probably every weekend for the remainder of the summer season is a beach and waterway migration time for millions of Americans, most definitely for Californians. And for those who make these recreational treks, a top-of-mind consideration is the safety of the water into which they intend to dive, swim, or wade.
In its annual survey of more than 500 beaches, the environmental group Heal the Bay
reported Tuesday, June 29, that 93% of California’s beaches logged good water-quality marks between April and October 2020. According to an LATimes story,
“an encouraging assessment it is for a coastline that sees all manner of trash, pesticides, and bacteria (not to mention microplastics, automotive fluids, and tire particles) flushed into the ocean whenever it rains.
🔥“A severe drought has meant less-polluted beaches during the summer — particularly in Southern California, where Orange County had 10 of the state’s cleanest beaches. But even a dry year has led to troubling patterns during the winter and stubborn pockets of pollution along the coast.”