Another list is published suggesting that San Diego is the top-tier city for beautiful beaches in the state.
An annual report published by Heal the Bay's Beach Report Card revealed that 15 San Diego beaches are among one of the cleanest in all of California.
The non-profit's report card handed out letter grades to up to 500 beaches in California, basing each grade on the levels of bacterial pollution in the water, which was measured by health agencies in the counties tested.
The report grade also found that the Playa Blanca in Baja California and the Tijuana Slough south of San Diego were identified as some of the most polluted waters, according to the annual report.
The local beaches that made the Honor Roll were:
- Del Mar, at 15th Street
- Carlsbad, at Tamarack Ave.
- Carlsbad, at Poinsettia Lane
- Carlsbad, at Encina Creek
- Carlsbad, at Palomar Airport Rd.
- Carlsbad, at Cerezo Drive
- Oceanside, at Forster Street
- Oceanside, Harbor Beach at Harbor Drive
- Point Loma, Lighthouse
- Point Loma, Point Loma Treatment Plant
- Sunset Cliffs, at Ladera Street
- Mission Beach, Belmont Park
- La Jolla Shores Beach, 1000 ft south of Scripps Pier
- La Jolla Shores Beach, 250 feet south of Scripps Pier
- La Jolla Shores Beach, 500 feet north of Scripps Pier
The health agencies that conducted the report expressed a great concern on the consequences of entering highly polluted waters in the state, which could potentially lead to unhealthy outcomes such as contracting the flu, infections, respiratory issues and more.
"Polluted waters pose a significant health risk to millions of people in California. People who come in contact with water with a C grade or lower are at a greater risk of contracting illnesses such as stomach flu, ear infections, upper respiratory infections, and rashes," the report stated.
You can read more on the annual report at https://healthebay.org/beachreportcard2022/