Heal the Bay puts out an annual Beach Report Card to help beachgoers know the best water quality for local beaches. This year, the city of Malibu made the list for four different beaches. These include El Matador State Beach, Escondido State Beach, Dan Blocker County Beach and Las Tunas County Beach. These were four of the 37 beaches in California that made the grade.
Malibu boasts a 21-mile coastline. According to Mayor Rick Mullen, the city does everything they can do to keep the beaches clean and safe. This includes such things as:
- Monitoring water quality
- Stormwater treatment
- Single-use straw, utensils, and bags ban
- Polystyrene foam ban
The Heal the Bay Beach Report Card uses the same grading scale as local schools: A-F. Those with a higher grade have higher quality water. To get on the Honor Roll, as did the four beaches in Malibu, water quality must get an A rating during each testing period.
In general, Los Angeles County is doing better during the past five years. In fact, 96% of LA County beaches got at least a B grade during the summer months.
Heal the Bay Report Card
The Heal the Bay Beach Report Card is in its 25th year. The report card helps those heading to the beach understand the water quality. A beach with a good grade means that swimmers will be less likely to contract an illness from being in the water.
By monitoring water quality, the health of beachgoers is protected. Additionally, the report card lets people know where remediation efforts are needed the most.
The report is a combination of:
- Water quality
- Sewage spills
- Other water quality events
Summer dry weather, winter dry weather, and year-round wet weather each have their own grades. The summer dry weather grades are from April to October, which is the active beach season in California. Wet weather samples are taken after a rain event totaling more than 0.10 inches. Although water quality drops after a rain, it should be within normal levels shortly thereafter.
With Malibu beaches performing so well, you might want to head on over for a day in the sun. Or, better yet, you might want to make Malibu your home. For more information on Malibu properties, give me a call. I’ve helped hundreds of clients on the Westside find the perfect property.