Dirtiest no more: Santa Cruz’s Cowell Beach now ranked No. 3 most contaminated in state – Santa Cruz Sentinel, June 2017
Nik Strong-Cvetich and David J. Terrazas: Nonprofits, city seeing progress at Cowell – Santa Cruz Sentinel, May 2017
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Cowell’s Beach is nestled at the heart of the City of Santa Cruz’ Coastline and is a cherished natural resource for its residents and thousands of annual visitors. One of the world’s premier longboard surf breaks, and a designated World Surfing Reserve, Cowell’s Beach is rich in cultural, historical and economic value.
In recent years, however, it has taken on the dubious distinction of being the “dirtiest beach” in California, according to a series of water quality reports by Heal the Bay.
View and explore the most up-to-date reports from beaches around Santa Cruz County, including Cowell’s.
Cowell’s Beach water quality has been compromised by high bacteria counts (fecal coliform and enterococcus) for some time, consistently landing it on Heal the Bay’s “Beach Bummer” list in recent years.
Heal the Bay’s annual scorecard report, which reviews beach water quality up and down the California coastline, has assigned Cowell Beach the most polluted beach in California for 2014, 2015 and 2016.
CWG seeks to eliminate all human-derived sources of bacteria capable of causing human illness and reduce naturally occurring sources of bacteria to the maximum extent practicable.