Highly populated coastal regions experience more human-induced pollution effects, and California beaches are quite popular places. California beaches, such as Avalon, Santa Monica, Baker, and Poche, have been deemed as some of the most polluted beaches in the state. The reasons behind these rankings include sewage spills, industrial system runoff, large numbers of seabirds, and beach bacteria. Additionally, state funding for water monitoring was cut by 1 million dollars as of 2008.
The Natural Resources Defense Council found that 9% of the beachwater samples taken from California beaches violate health and safety standards. Researchers found that 9% of the contamination was attributable to sewage, 3% to storm runoff, and 81% came from “unknown sources.”
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