Two Whidbey beaches get an F for water quality

10/6 Everett Herald
Two Whidbey beaches get an F for water quality
California environmental group’s pilot project monitored only a small percentage of state beaches
Gale Fiege, Herald Writer

COUPEVILLE — A California environmental watchdog group says that while most regularly monitored Washington state beaches report good water quality, two on Whidbey Island earned failing grades.

In its first “Beach Report Card <> ,” the Santa Monica-based nonprofit organization Heal the Bay listed bacterial pollution on beaches in California, Oregon and Washington.

Last week, the report noted that 93 percent of monitored beaches in Washington received A or B grades, but three in the state, including the two on Whidbey Island, earned F grades.

The beaches are the Freeland County Park on Holmes Harbor and the west end of Oak Harbor’s City Beach Park. The other polluted beach is in Kitsap County.

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