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Santa Monica-based environmental group Heal the Bay yesterday (August 29) released its 2013 End of Summer Beach Report Card, which compiles data from over 640 sites along the west coast and assigns letter grades of A through F.

“California beaches score some of the cleanest grades on record this summer,” states the report, and San Diego’s beaches largely contributed to those positive marks. Of the 74 monitoring sites within the county, 73 received A grades. The only exception, Coronado’s Tidelands Park, got a B.

The numbers stand in stark contrast to an earlier report covering the winter and spring months by the same group, finding water quality significantly deteriorating after rains along the county’s southern beaches, a finding confirmed by a separate study.

“After a rainfall, indicator bacteria counts at beaches throughout California usually far exceed health criteria stipulated in the state’s Beach Closure and Health Warning Protocol,” the End of Summer report notes.

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