It may be tempting to flock to Bay Area beaches when hot summer weather hits, but beachgoers might want to choose that refuge carefully. Three Bay Area beaches made this year’s list of the top 10 most polluted beaches on the West Coast.
All of the beaches that made this year’s “Beach Bummer” list, released today by environmental advocacy group Heal the Bay, are in San Mateo County. Erckenbrack Park was named the second dirtiest beach in the 2021-2022 report, and the Foster City beach appeared on the list for the third straight year. Nearby Marlin Park was included in the top 10 for the second consecutive year, and Lakeshore Park has been among the most polluted five times in the past 10 years.