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Doheny Beach Ranks Among Filthiest in Nation

The Natural Resources Defense Council lists the popular Dana Point beach among the top 15 worst beaches in the nation due to pollution problems.

As the Fourth of July looms and folks are looking to cool off at area beaches, they might want to think twice before dipping their toes into Doheny Beach waters.

The popular beach is ranked among the 15 worst in the nation because it is plagued with persistent pollution problems, according to a report released Wednesday by the Natural Resources Defense Council.

This is not the first time the beach has made an unfavorable list. Last month, Patch reported the state beach in Dana Point, at San Juan Creek Outlet,

The NRDC's 22nd annual report analyzed government data on beach-water
testing from 2011 at more than 3,000 beaches nationwide.

"Our beaches are plagued by a sobering legacy of water pollution,'' NRDC attorney Noah Garrison said. "Luckily, much of this filth is preventable and we can turn the tide against water pollution. By establishing better beach water quality standards and putting untapped 21st century solutions into place -- we can make a day at the beach as carefree as it should be and safeguard California's vital tourism industry.''

The report included Doheny State and Avalon Beach on Catalina Island 
on the nationwide "Repeat Offender'' list. Water samples from these two beaches and 15 others from across the country violated public health standards more than 25 percent of the time for each year from 2007 to 2011, according to the report.

Overall, the report ranked California 21st out of 30 states in beachwater quality. The report found the most common reported causes of contamination came from elevated bacteria levels, preemptive closures due to sewage spills or leaks and heavy rainfall.   

Last year, American beaches had the third-highest number of closure and
advisory days in more than two decades, with California making up 25 percent of
the national total. The report found that beach water nationwide in 2011
continued to suffer from contamination and pollutants from human and animal
waste.

Three Orange County beaches earned five-star ratings from the NRDC --
Newport Beach, Bolsa Chica Beach and Huntington State Beach -- based on
indicators of beachwater quality, monitoring frequency and public notification
of contamination. 

Individual states with highest violation rates of reported samples in
2011 were Louisiana, Ohio and Illinois. The lowest were found in Delaware, New
Hampshire, North Carolina, New Jersey, Florida, Virginia and Hawaii.

Water quality of America's beaches has remained largely stable, with 8
percent of beach water samples nationwide violating public health standards in
2011 compared to 8 percent the previous year and 7 percent for four years
prior, according to the report.

This year's report comes with a new searchable online tool that allows
the public to search an interactive map using a ZIP Code. The data is available
at nrdc.org/beaches.

--City News Service 

Liz Siegel June 28, 2012 at 01:14 AM
Not surprised, it's always been a sewer pit.
Tom Berney June 28, 2012 at 04:25 AM
It's the outlet for the creek runoff and the harbor sewage, swim with an open cut and see what happens, it's not going to get any better.
Allan Seymour June 28, 2012 at 03:48 PM
How sad Capistrano Beach continues to be filthy. With over 40 trains a day behind them, coupled with an ocean quality rating of F in front of them, why do Beach Road residents tolerate this?
Jim Dahl June 29, 2012 at 01:00 AM
Its because of all the birds. The water in San Jaun Creek an Poche Creek is clean above Coast Hwy.1000's of Pelicans and Gulls crap on the beach and breakwater each day. The City os San Clemente just completed a study of the Poche Creek and it found that the pollution was caused by birds. You can look on the city website and look at he Weston Study and find put the truth about the pollution at Poche.
stuart branson July 08, 2012 at 05:33 PM
No surprise really
Lea July 15, 2012 at 02:33 PM
Yeah, Allen, remember we always called the standing water from run-off at Poche and Doheny the "polio pit" even back in the 60s.....
Terry Raymond Shockey March 01, 2013 at 04:58 AM
Allan,this is ho daddy Terry Shockey, Thanks for lending me your surf board in 1959 to surf at Tressles! Thanks for fixing me up with Miss San Clemente, before she was Miss S C

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