City of Long Beach
Public Information Office
411 W. Ocean Blvd,
Long Beach, CA 90802
The City of Long Beach continues to receive excellent recreational water quality grades from Heal the Bay, with 87% percent of its beaches receiving A and B grades for the summer months, according to the 2020 Annual Beach Report Card that was issued today. Long Beach has seen sustained improvements in water quality over the past seven years.
“For years we have worked to improve the water quality at our beaches,” says Mayor Robert Garcia. “The work we have done is clearly reflected in these high marks from Heal the Bay.”
Thirteen out of 15 beaches sampled received A or B grades (ten As and three Bs) from April through October, i.e. summer season. The State Health and Safety Code, known as AB 411, requires testing of recreational waters during this important time period when most people go to the beach and enjoy the water. Long Beach also received 87 percent A and B grades during the dry winter months. This is up from last year's 73 percent A and B dry winter grades.
The Beach Report Card was established 30 years ago to maintain a safe beach environment for the public by providing reliable and easy-to-understand analyses of beach water quality and advocating for water quality policies and improvement projects. As part of the study, water samples are retrieved from beaches and analyzed for bacteria and other pollutants, then receive grades A to F based on the levels found in the samples. The better the grade a beach receives, the lower the risk of illness to ocean users.
Long Beach has approximately seven miles of public beach and bays, typically attracting thousands of residents and visitors throughout the year. In order to protect the safety of the public, residents and visitors, water samples are collected three times a week and tested routinely by the Health Department's Environmental Health Water Quality Monitoring Program to monitor bacterial levels. Sampling also includes Bays, Marinas and within the Harbor area.
About the City of Long Beach
Home to approximately 480,000 people, the multiple award-winning and innovative City of Long Beach offers all the world-class amenities of a large metropolitan city while maintaining a strong sense of individual and diverse neighborhoods nestled together along the California coast. As a full-service charter city, Long Beach is home to the Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific, several museums and theaters, a highly-rated school district, Long Beach Airport, the Port of Long Beach, as well as many award-winning City departments such as Health, Parks, Recreation and Marine, Development Services and more. The City also has a highly-respected university and city college, two historic ranchos, five hospitals, five golf courses, 170 parks, miles of beaches, marinas, bike paths, and a Bike Share program.