App grades beaches A to F on measured levels of bacteria

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Providing daily letter grades from A to F, Heal the Bay’s Beach Report Card app makes it easy for California beachgoers to plan their visits. Most west coast beaches sample the water once a week which, when combined with 24 to 48 hour turn-around time for test results, makes the data almost immediately out of date. Unsafe levels of water-borne bacteria often clear up within a day, which is why Heal the Bay believes its “nowcasts” are so important. Bacteria can cause skin rashes, ear and chest infections and stomach bugs. Developed by UCLA, Stanford University and Heal the Bay,…

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