Monica Mazur, supervising environmental health specialist for the county environmental health department, said bacteria levels begin to rise at Doheny in the fall and then taper off in the summer, just in time for beachgoers. She said that although efforts have been underway to limit creek runoff, researchers monitoring the water have not pinpointed the exact cause of the bacteria.
"I learned to surf here, but I don't come here anymore because I know it's not that clean," said Sherri Scarantino, 38. On Wednesday, she brought her two children and niece to sun at the beach. When she learned of [Doheny]'s status as a polluted beach, she became worried, having let niece Adele swim in the water just moments earlier.
In addition to Doheny Beach being picked as most polluted in the state, it is the second year in a row the environmental group awarded Doheny its "Beach Bummer" crown, a title bestowed upon the beach with the poorest dry-weather water quality.