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    May 24, 2014

    9 Dirty California Beaches You Should Avoid This Summer

    Planning a trip to a California beach this summer? Why not take a swim in raw sewage instead.

    These beaches all received abysmal ratings for summer water quality in Heal the Bay's new Beach Report card. And dirty water can make you sick: "the regional public health cost of gastrointestinal illnesses caused by recreating in polluted ocean waters was between $21 million and $51 million each year."

    1. Malibu Pier, 50 yards east, in Los Angeles County. Grade: C

    2. Stillwater Cove in Monterey County. Grade: D

    3. Cowell Beach at wharf in Santa Cruz County. Grade: F

    4. Clam Beach County Park in Humboldt County. Grade: D

    5. Lovers Point Park in Monterey County. Grade: C

    6. Santa Monica Municipal Pier in Los Angeles County. Grade: D

    7. Capitola Beach in Santa Cruz County. Grade: C

    8. Mothers Beach, between the Tower and the boat dock, in Los Angeles County. Grade: F

    9. Cabrillo Beach, harbor side at the restrooms, in Los Angeles County. Grade: F

    Despite these gross beaches, California's coast actually did pretty well overall at cleanliness in the report. Read the entire report and see where you should go here.

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