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Calif beach tests to decrease due to funding cuts

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The amusement pier in Santa Monica, Calif., is seen in the background at the outfall of the Pico-Kenter storm drain, which among other factors makes the ocean water at this location in Santa Monica Bay among the most polluted. The amusement pier in Santa Monica, Calif., is seen in the background at the outfall of the Pico-Kenter storm drain, which among other factors makes the ocean water at this location in Santa Monica Bay among the most polluted.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An annual study shows most California beachgoers enjoyed good water quality this year, but funding cuts have put future monitoring from the nonprofit Heal the Bay in jeopardy.

Mark Gold, the group's executive director, says the money for water testing will run out at the end of year. The testing requires an additional $1 to $1.5 million annually to complete.

In 2008 Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger cut $1 million in funding to monitor ocean water. The state water board provided some funding, but this year an estimated 46 beaches were not monitored compared to before the cuts.

In Heal the Bay's annual report released Wednesday, 90 percent of California's beaches showed good-to-excellent water quality. The most polluted beach is Avalon.

 

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