Heal the Bay, a Los Angeles-based environmental group, just released its annual California Summer Beach Report Card, which measures water quality at 450 locations along the California coast.

Water samples from those locations are analyzed for bacteria that indicate pollution from numerous sources, including fecal waste, and beaches are graded using an A-F scale based on the risk of ocean users becoming ill, according to the report.

Here’s what Heal the Bay had to say about water quality in San Diego County:

Water quality at beaches in San Diego County was very good this summer. Of the 94 locations monitored, 83 (88%) sites received either an A or B grade. There were eleven locations that received fair-to-poor water quality marks: eight of them were located in either San Diego Bay (2 Fs) or Mission Bay (4 Cs, 2 Ds, 1F). P.B. Point in Pacific Beach (D), and the Tijuana Slough at the Tijuana Rivermouth (D) were the only other beach monitoring locations in San Diego County to receive lower than an A or B grade.

And here’s San Diego’s sewage spill summary:

There were four sewage spills this summer that led to San Diego County beach closures. The farthest reaching spill closures were in Mission Bay (7/25/06), and sewage contaminated runoff at the Tijuana River (7/17/06), both of which resulted in the closure of eleven different beaches.

To find out what grade your favorite beach received this summer click here .


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