A new smartphone application can help California residents stay up to date with the area's healthiest beaches.
Swim Guide, released May 30 by Waterkeeper Alliance, uses monitoring data from government agencies to determine the water quality of more than 300 California beaches.
Orange County Coastkeeper frequently updates basic information for the area's beaches and employs the use of water quality data from the Ocean Water Protection Program.
"Every year, millions of people get sick from coming into contact with polluted water at their local beaches," Pete Nichols, western director for the Waterkeeper Alliance, said in a prepared statement. "The Swim Guide provides a free, easy-to-use, way for beach goers to find a beach where their families can swim and enjoy the beach safely."
According to the app, Orange County's worst beach is Poche Beach because its creek has terminal issues and there are high levels of bacteria in its outfall due to storm water and urban water runoff.