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Cowell Beach Is Not Healing

 

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Heal the Bay published it’s 2013 Beach Report Card today. While 20 monitoring sites in Santa Cruz and Monterey counties earned “A” or A+” grades, four sites earned low grades – and again Cowell Beach retained it’s notorious standing for high bacterial pollution.

 

Cowell Beach 2nd Worst in State

From the Heal the Bay report:
“Cowell Beach remains in the No. 2 spot for the second year in a row, narrowly missing the top Beach Bummer position. Cowell’s frequent bacteria standards exceedances are likely from a combination of pollution sources, including human fecal contamination, which was recently discovered at this location”.

As seen from the beach end of the Municipal Wharf, with West Cliff Drive barely visible in the background. Photo: Michael Patrick/flickr

As seen from the beach end of the Municipal Wharf, with West Cliff Drive barely visible in the background. Photo: Michael Patrick/flickr http://bit.ly/11gXuqj

In 2011, Cowell was actually rated the worst on the list. Interesting to note – two other locations at Cowell, received “A” & “A+” ratings (At the Stairs & Lifeguard Tower 1, respectively) See the map.

New Brighton Beach earned "A+" rating. Photo: Stephen Laufer

New Brighton Beach, which earned “A+” grade. Photo: Stephen Laufer

Capitola also had mixed results, with the ‘Capitola Beach West of the Jetty getting  an “F” grade, while East of the Jetty received an “A”.

In Monterey County, Lover’s Point Park, projection of 16th Street‘ received an “F” and Stillwater Cove, at Beach and Tennis Club received a “D”. All other monitoring points in Monterey County earned “A” or “A” grades.

Heal the Bay also reports that the EPA has proposed cutting federal Beach Grants, which could effect the future of the  monitoring program.

See full report.

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