Pollution drops at North Coast beaches, thanks to drought

Photo by Kent Porter / Press Democrat 2015

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat is reporting that ocean beaches on the North Coast and across California are cleaner and safer from disease than they’ve been in years, a rare upside to the drought.

Lack of rainfall means fewer pollutants are washing down streams and into the ocean where swimmers and surfers play, according to Heal the Bay, an environmental group that for 25 years has generated annual beach report cards based on its analysis of bacterial tests reported by local health agencies.

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