Long Beach Waters Continue to Improve According to Heal the Bay

The latest report card issued to Long Beach from Heal the Bay gave our beaches an overwhelming positive amount of grades, with 10 of 13 beaches receiving A or B grades when in dry weather.

The most dramatic of changes continues to be that of Colorado Lagoon, which back in 2007, received continual failing grades. However, following the $8.5 million renovation that has occured, the lagoon received an A+ grade each month since its completion in dry weather.

Long Beach, though improving, still has much work to do in regard to wet weather beach conditions. Only 46% of the beaches tested received A or B grades. 

“Long Beach has invested an incredible amount of time and money improving water quality,” said 2nd District Councilmember Suja Lowenthal in a statement. “We have urged everyone in the Los Angeles River watershed to remember that they must also be the solution to improved water quality. Those efforts have been arduous, but we are starting to see the fruits of our labor.”

Heal the Bay releases report cards each quarter throughout the year. One can view live reporting here to locate individual grades for beaches in their current state.

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Brian Addison has been a writer, editor, and photographer for more than a decade, covering everything from food and culture to transportation and housing. In 2015, he was named Journalist of the Year by the Los Angeles Press Club and has since garnered 19 nominations and two additional wins for Best Political Commentary for his work at KCET and Best Blog for Longbeachize, a section of the Long Beach Post. In 2019, he was awarded the Food/Culture Critic of the Year across any platform at the National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards. Brian currently serves as a columnist and editor for the Long Beach Post.
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