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The Surfrider Foundation yesterday (May 20) released 2012 results from its Blue Water Task Force, a collective monitoring effort that processed 2,740 water samples through 23 labs, a 42 percent increase in data from the 2011 survey.

Water samples taken by students at San Clemente High School, just north of San Diego County, found the highest bacteria rate of all testing sites, with 42 percent of over 100 samples indicating a high bacteria count, more than double the previous year’s 20 percent and the 18 percent high-bacteria rate reported by study participants as a whole, most of whom were located along the west coast.

Only about a dozen tests were actually conducted in San Diego for inclusion in the report, apparently without enough data gleaned to merit inclusion in the report. A request for further findings was submitted to Surfrider, and updates with expanded findings will be posted as they become available.

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