City of Long Beach
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333 W. Ocean Blvd,
Long Beach, CA 90802
Long Beach continues to improve its water quality and has seen sustained progress over the past seven years. According to the Heal the Bay 2017-2018 Beach Report Card that was issued today, the City of Long Beach continues to receive excellent recreational water quality grades with 100 percent of its beaches receiving A and B grades for the summer months (April through October 2017).
The Beach Report Card was established over 25 years ago to provide beachgoers with a reliable and easy-to-understand tool for analyzing beach water quality. The better the grade a beach receives, the lower the risk of illness to ocean users.
“Our City and partners have been working hard to ensure sustained improvement in our water quality,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “Good water quality is good for the health of our swimmers and creates a vibrant and inviting environment for visitors to come enjoy our beaches and bays.”
The State Health and Safety Code, AB 411, requires testing of recreational waters during summer dry weather, which is the most active beach recreation season in California. All 15 beaches sampled in Long Beach received A or B grades (12 A’s and three B’s) from April through October 2017. The Colorado Lagoon received two A grades for the summer after being closed last year for dredging, a process which improves water quality through the removal of sediment.
“Summer is near, and this is great news to celebrate,” said Councilmember Jeannine Pearce. “Community members along the coast and from all over the city can continue to enjoy the beach with peace of mind, especially during hot weather.”
Heal the Bay also grades beaches during dry winter months, which spans from November 2017 through March 2018. Eighty-seven percent of the City’s beaches during those months received A and B grades, of which two are A+’s. This is up from last year's 62 percent A and B grades. Alamitos Bay received A+ and A grades for both summer dry months and winter dry months.
“I am always excited to hear how fantastic our water quality is, and this report continues the trend of positive progress as a result of the hard work our City does to maintain excellent water quality,” said Councilwoman Suzie Price. “The water quality in the newly reopened Colorado Lagoon is such great news as it has become an amazing habitat for native plant and animals; and Alamitos Bay has also been outstanding all year, especially with the debut of the new 'Wibit Waterplay Structure' located at Bayshore. I really look forward to this summer seeing everyone out enjoying these amazing features we are so lucky to have.”
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, resulting in C, D and F grades during wet weather throughout the year. The City will continue to work with upstream cities, state and federal regulatory agencies and other stakeholders to address impacts from stormwater runoff.
Here are some examples of how the City is using infrastructure improvements, grant funding, regional partnerships and technology to meet quality standards compliance goals and improve water quality in Long Beach:
About the City of Long Beach
Home to approximately 480,000 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. As a full-service charter city, 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.For more information about the City of Long Beach, visit http://longbeach.gov/. Follow us on social to keep up with the latest news: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.