Three La Jolla beaches on California’s Beach Water Quality Rankings honor roll
Three The beaches of La Jolla were added to an environmental group’s “honor roll” in 2022 for their perfect water quality conditions.
Heal the Bay is a Santa Monica-based nonprofit that measures water quality on California beaches. Their annual report ranks beaches according to the level of bacterial pollution in the water.
On June 22, the environmental organization published its Beach Bulletin 2021 to 2022.
Of the 500 beaches monitored by the association, 51 have been ranked on the “honor roll” for near-perfect water quality conditions. Of those 51, San Diego County had 15 beaches on the list.
Other San Diego area beaches that have made the honor roll include a delmar beachseveral in Carlsbad, two in Oceanside, a pair in Point Loma, the beach in front of Belmont Park in Mission Beach, and Sunset Cliffs.
San Diego County had the second most beaches on the honor roll, behind only Orange County, which had 19 beaches. Los Angeles County had six beaches on the list.
Heal the Bay notes that this data is important for beachgoers because contact with high concentrations of bacteria in seawater is associated with increased risks to human health.
While 15 of its beaches made the honor roll, the majority of San Diego beaches received an A+, A, or B grade.
Only a few came in below that – with a C going to Cottonwood Creek at Moonlight Beach in Encinitas. Other polluted areas include beaches near the Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge.
According to the group, Southern California beaches typically dominate high rankings because Northern California does not monitor its beaches year-round. Additionally, La Jolla’s beaches often top the list because proactive community members orchestrate beach cleanups which have a positive impact on water quality.
About the Author: Mike Peterson is a freelance journalist and writer based in North San Diego County. He has written and worked for a number of local media, including the San Diego Union-Tribunethe North Coast Currentand the Ocean’s Edge Blade.