Report: Most California beaches had clean water in 2012

LOS ANGELES — Less winter runoff has allowed visitors to enjoy mostly clean water at California beaches, according to a report released Thursday.

An estimated 93 percent of the 445 beaches along the state's coast that were tested for bacterial pollution from Memorial Day through Labor Day had good to excellent water quality.

It was the fifth consecutive year that beachgoers have seen incremental improvement in beach water quality during summer months.

Three percent — or 14 beaches — that were monitored during the same period last year received poor marks.

The annual beach report card, issued by the Santa Monica-based environmental group Heal the Bay, studied bacteria levels found in water samples taken by local agencies.

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