Orange County beach is tops for cleanliness

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — An Orange County beach is the only one in California to get a "superstar" rating from the Natural Resources Defense Council in its annual water quality report card.

The NRDC says 38th Street beach in Newport Beach didn't exceed bacteria levels a single time over the course of 50 tests.

The Orange County Register reports (http://bit.ly/Vry4r8) the nonprofit released its 24th annual beach ranking on Wednesday.

Most other beaches in Newport Beach did similarly well. An exception is Newport Bay, where bacteria levels exceeded standards 44 percent of the time.

Other Orange County beaches, such as Doheny and Poche County, also didn't fare well.

Overall, 9 percent of water samples collected at state beaches failed to meet bacteria standards — a level similar to the 10 percent national average.

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Information from: The Orange County Register, http://www.ocregister.com