Newport Beach's water quality during rainy weather improved dramatically at the city's beaches over the last year but continued to rate poorly along the bay, according to a report released by Heal the Bay.
The recently released score card monitored water quality at beaches up and down the coast from April 2010 through March. In 2009-10, most of Newport's beaches received F grades during rainy weather. In 2010-11, almost all had A grades.
Councilwoman Nancy Gardner said efforts to keep contaminants out of the ocean have made a difference.
"We've had new programs we've instituted," Gardner said. "Buildings now have to do different things to manage storm water runoff. We have good street sweeping, which makes a surprising difference. We have a very active code enforcement, so when there's bad building practices we quickly get on top of that. And also the residents really care about the ocean and bay."