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NRDC

Although SoCal’s beaches are among the nation’s most beloved, some rank among its most soiled. Orange County’s Poche County Beach and neighboring Doheny State Park stand out for their levels of bacterial filth, sparking public protests. Runoff from Poche Creek and seagull droppings have been blamed for the pollution that caused nearly constant advisories and closures last year, and earned the whole stretch a spot on NRDC’s “repeat offenders” list. Next year may be better, though. Improvements to the local drainage system have boosted its 2013 ratings by California watchdog Heal the Bay.