Newport Beach and surrounding coastal communities this week received the kind of report card that would make any parent proud: nearly straight As.
From Newport Bay to Crystal Cove, area beaches not only scored high in water quality on Heal the Bay's annual report card, but many fared better than last year.
The Santa Monica-based environmental nonprofit's report gave A-to-F grades to 447 California beaches after documenting the "routine monitoring of beaches by local health agencies and dischargers," according a press release. Samples were also analyzed for bacteria can designate pollution in the water.
Among the popular local spots that improved from an A to an A-plus this year are the Balboa Pier, The Wedge and Crystal Cove at Pelican Point.
The grades can be viewed at brc.healthebay.org/default.aspx?tabid=2.
"I think that this is representative of a trending of better practices from everyone, from residents to our own staff," said City Manager Dave Kiff.