City of Long Beach
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411 W. Ocean Blvd,
Long Beach, CA 90802
The City of Long Beach continues to receive excellent water quality grades from Heal the Bay, with 92 percent of its beaches receiving “A” and “B” grades in the 2017 Annual Beach Report Card that was issued today. Long Beach has seen sustained improvements in water quality over the past six years.
“Our investments in technology and infrastructure improvements is paying off as we continue to see increase in our water quality,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “Keeping our beaches and waterways clean for the safety of residents and visitors is our priority.”
Twelve of the 13 beaches sampled received “A” or “B” grades from April through October, including three “A+” grades. The State Health and Safety Code, known as AB 411, requires testing of recreational waters during this important time period when the most people go to the beach and enjoy the water.
One beach received a “B” grade, and one received a “C.” Long Beach also received 62 percent “A” and “B” grades, during the dry winter months. This is down from last year's 80 percent “A” and “B” grades, possibly due to high rainfall and runoff in 2016.
“I could not be more proud that we have great water quality here in Long Beach,” said Councilmember Jeannine Pearce. “As we move into the summer season, beachgoers can enjoy the water with peace of mind.”
Water quality in the Alamitos Bay received high ratings, with the Bay receiving one “A” and two “A+” grades from April through October, and an “A+”, an “A” and a “B” grade from November to March.
“We recently celebrated new improvements to the Colorado Lagoon,” said Councilwoman Suzie Price. “I hope that our City’s high water quality ratings will encourage the community to come out and enjoy this beautiful place and our coastlines that have made incredible improvements in water quality in the past few years."
Rainy weather remains a challenge for the region as well as the City of Long Beach, with the Los Angeles and San Gabriel Rivers flowing into Long Beach waters. This year’s rainfall levels exceed the five- and ten-year averages, which may have impacted winter and wet weather grades. The City will continue to work with upstream cities, state and federal regulatory agencies and other stakeholders to address impacts from storm water runoff.
Here are some examples of how the City of Long Beach uses infrastructure improvements, grant funding, regional partnerships and technology to improve water quality in Long Beach:
For current information on water quality in Long Beach, visit https://bitly.com/LBWaterQuality. The Heal the Bay 2017 Annual Beach Report Card is available at www.healthebay.org.
About the City of Long Beach
Home to approximately 470,000 people, the multiple award-winning and innovative City of Long Beach offers all the world-class amenities of a large metropolitan city while maintaining a strong sense of individual and diverse neighborhoods nestled together along the California coast. Long Beach is home to the Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific, several museums and theaters, a highly rated school district, Long Beach Airport, the Port of Long Beach, as well as many award-winning City departments such as Health, Parks, Recreation and Marine, Development Services and more. The City also has a highly respected university and city college, two historic ranchos, five hospitals, five golf courses, 170 parks, miles of beaches, marinas, bike paths, and a Bike Share program.
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