Cowell Beach in Santa Cruz.

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Four Bay Area Beaches Are Among The Dirtiest On West Coast

Bob Butler
June 26, 2019 - 2:43 pm

The non-profit Heal the Bay has released its annual survey on the health of 600 beaches along the West Coast and four from the Bay Area were included among the 10 worst "Bummer Beaches."

Cowell Beach in Santa Cruz, Keller Beach in Point Richmond, Linda Mar Beach in Pacifica and Aquatic Park in San Mateo County got low marks on Heal the Bay's report for water quality. 

“Around here, there have been some instances of some sewage spills, so that might be contributing to some of the bacteria issues, but wild animals can also contribute to the bacteria levels,” Annelisa Moe, a water quality scientist with Heal the Bay told KCBS Radio.

The organization reviews water quality at 500 California beaches and another 100 in Oregon and Washington.

Aquatic Park, which was also on the list in 2014, is located in a channel within the San Francisco Bay and the report states it’s “even more cut-off from the open ocean than a typical enclosed beach.”

“There’s not very good circulation there and there are a lot of birds at that location, so it might just be a build-up of bird droppings,” Moe said. 

No Bay Area beaches made the honor list. 

This is the first year Keller Beach made the bummer list, while the other Bay Area offenders have previously been highlighted for poor quality. 

You can read the full Annual Beach Report Card 2019 here.