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Muir Beach

MARIN COUNTY GOT a perfect score in Heal the Bay’s newly published 2014 water quality ratings for beaches all over California. The monitoring program, which here is overseen by the Marin County Community Development Agency’s Environmental Health Services division, gathered data last summer from 23 bay- and ocean-side spots. All locations were graded A in Heal the Bay’s annual Beach Report Card. Here are the details.

MONITORED LOCATIONS Dillon Beach, Bolinas Beach/Wharf Road, Stinson Beach, Muir Beach, Rodeo Beach, Baker Beach, Schoonmaker Beach, China Camp and McNears Beach.

SEWAGE SPILLS Only one spill in Marin led to a health warning, when about 1,000 gallons of sewage reached Richardson Bay in October 2014.

LOCAL VIEW Between the Marin and the San Mateo County coasts, 41 of 42 monitored locations were graded A.

BIGGER PICTURE Statewide, 91 percent of 443 beach locations received A’s during the summer dry months. Southern California edged out Northern California for cleanliness, scoring 93 percent to Northern California’s 86 percent.

Kasia Pawlowska

Kasia Pawlowska loves words. A native of Poland, Kasia moved to the States when she was seven. The San Francisco State University creative writing graduate went on to write for publications like the San Francisco Bay Guardian and KQED Arts among others prior to joining the Marin Magazine staff. Topics Kasia has covered include travel, trends, mushroom hunting, an award-winning series on social media addiction and loads of other random things. When she’s not busy blogging or researching and writing articles, she’s either at home writing postcards and reading or going to shows. Recently, Kasia has been trying to branch out and diversify, ie: use different emojis. Her quest for the perfect chip is never-ending.