For the fourth year in a row, the ocean water at Santa Monica Pier has received a failing grade according to Heal The Bay’s annual Beach Report Card. The Report Card assesses levels of harmful bacteria found in ocean water at 426 beaches in California.

Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, who represents the Santa Monica Pier, issued the following statement in response to the news that the Pier was on Heal The Bay’s 2016-2017 “Beach Bummer” list:

“It pains me greatly to note that, for the fourth straight year in a row, the beach at the Santa Monica Pier has ended up on the Heal The Bay “10 dirtiest beaches in the state” list. The import of this is exacerbated by the fact that, in any given year, the beach at the Pier gets an estimated 55 million visits, which makes it one of the county’s most popular beaches.

“There is no question that we have to improve our water quality so that people can swim safely and without having to be concerned about bacteria that could make them sick, and the solution is within our grasp. The County Board of Supervisors recently voted to develop a comprehensive plan to identify and fund the many stormwater capture and water quality projects needed to increase our local water supply and reduce the amount of polluted runoff that is a major cause of the bad water quality at Santa Monica Bay. There is no more urgent illustration of why we need to make these critical investments in our water management systems. Every resident of this county has the right to clean water whether for drinking, bathing or swimming. Soon they will be able to choose to help make that happen.”