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”.
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.
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.