Four Malibu beaches make Beach Bummer list

According to Heal the Bay, four of Californias most polluted beaches in 2011-12 are in Malibu. Two other local received perfect grades.

By Carly Erickson / Assistant Editor

Environmental group Heal the Bay released its 22nd Annual Beach Report Card last Thursday, and it was not kind to Malibu. Four Malibu beaches made the Beach Bummer list, a tally of the most polluted beaches in California. While the majority of Los Angeles county beaches saw improvement from last years report, some Malibu beach grades dropped.

In the 2010-2011 report, all Malibu beaches escaped the Beach Bummer List. This year, Puerco Beach at Marie Canyon, Surfrider Beach, Solstice Canyon Beach and Escondido Beach were all given F grades and placed on the Beach Bummer list. Topanga State Beach just south of Malibu also made the list this year and last year.

If you look at last years grades, those same beaches were still problematic, Heal the Bay water quality director Kirsten James told The Malibu Times.

James explained that in terms of the list of every beach in the state, some rise and drop out of the top 10 from year to year.

Theyre chronically impacted beaches, so this year they rose to the top in the state, James said. Were hopeful different measures moving forward can help quality at these beaches.

Not all Malibu beaches received failing grades. Two even made the reports Honor Roll. Encinal Canyon at El Matador State Beach and Las Flores State Beach received A+ grades.

Also on the positive side were Nicholas Beach, Walnut Creek, Puerco State Beach, Malibu Point, Big Rock, Pena Creek and Castlerock Beach, which all received As for their summer dry weather reading. Additionally, Leo Carrillo, Broad Beach, Paradise Cove and Carbon Beach received Bs.

Coming in the middle of the pack with C summer grades were Zuma Beach and the Latigo Canyon Creek Mouth. Little Dume received a D for its dry summer reading.

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