Long Beach City Beach at Coronado Avenue—located just west of the Belmont Pier, near a storm drain—was rated fourth worst as it made its first-ever appearance on the Beach Bummer List.
Drought-like conditions over the last year have greatly improved water quality at Southern California beaches including in Long Beach, according to Health the Bay’s latest annual survey released last week.
Last year’s wet winter may have pulled California out of its years-long drought but the influx of water had one noticeable negative impact as it dragged down water quality scores in a number of beaches across the state.
In a move to provide more up-to-date information to beachgoers, Heal the Bay announced earlier this month the launch of a beach water quality forecasting system, with initial information available for five beaches in three counties, including Long Beach’s own Belmont Pier.
Nearly two weeks after 1.75 million gallons of sewage spilled into the Los Angeles River, causing Long Beach ocean waters to temporarily close, the environmental nonprofit Heal the Bay released a report Wednesday claiming parts of the river had poor water quality.
The release of Heal the Bay’s 2016 beach report card spells good news for those looking to take a dip in the ocean this weekend, as 95 percent of the state’s beaches were given A or B grades. Long Beach continued its five-year streak of water quality improvements, nearly matching the statewide average with 93 percent of city beaches meeting the same levels of cleanliness.
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.
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.