Swim at your own risk?


Earlier this week, the Natural Resources Defense Council released Testing the Waters, their annual report on beach water quality, and the Los Angeles area beach map is pretty depressing. It bugs me that so many places don’t test the water at all, so you have no way of knowing if you’re swimming around in bacteria unless you get sick.

The report’s “Beach Bums” section includes this list of municipalities with no regular monitoring: Los Angeles County, Los Angeles County Flood Control District, City of Alhambra, City of Arcadia, City of Artesia, City of Baldwin Park, City of Bell Gardens, City of Bellflower, City of Beverly Hills, City of Carson, City of Cerritos, City of Claremont, City of Commerce, City of Covina, City of Diamond Bar, City of Downey, City of Gardena, City of Hawaiian Gardens, City of Industry, City of Irwindale, City of La Mirada, City of Lakewood, City of Lawndale, City of Monrovia, City of Montebello, City of Monterey Park, City of Norwalk, City of Paramount, City of Pico Rivera, City of Pomona, City of Rancho Palos Verdes, City of Rosemead, City of San Gabriel, City of Santa Clarita, City of Santa Fe Springs, City of Sierra Madre, City of Signal Hill, City of South Gate, City of South Pasadena, City of Temple City, City of Torrance, City of Vernon, City of Walnut, City of West Covina, City of Westlake Village, and City of Whittier.

Read more here, or read the California state summary. (Those are both pdf links.)

Update: To answer the question in the comments about how some of those areas don’t have beaches, this is how the report explains it:

Although many of these municipalities are inland, their bacteria-laden stormwater pollution directly affects beach water quality.

4 thoughts on “Swim at your own risk?”

  1. Well, most (if not all, actually) of the cities listed as not monitoring their waters are inland cities with no beaches to speak of, so how are they supposed to monitor beaches if they don’t have any? Makes no sense.

  2. Itís funny to me how many people turn a blind eye to the filthy air and unswimable waters.

  3. They didn’t cite those cities for not monitoring their beaches. More specifically, they cited those cities because they are they are suing the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board in order to fight proposed tighter regulation of storm water drainage, which is the primary cause of dirty beach water.

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