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SLO County beaches again score well on water quality — except for Pismo

San Luis Obispo County beaches posted good scores in the end-of-summer water quality test performed by Heal the Bay.

The environmental organization based in Santa Monica said today in a news release that 95 percent of the beaches tested in the county scored A or B grades. The one F grade occurred at Pismo Beach Pier. The city has had an ongoing problem with pigeons roosting under the pier and pooping into the water below, causing bacterial contamination.

The report says an estimated 92 percent of the 447 beaches along the state's coast that were tested for bacterial pollution from Memorial Day through Labor Day appeared clean.

The situation is also looking up for some of the state's most polluted beaches. All the sites tested in Long Beach appeared clean and the Santa Catalina Island city of Avalon is expected to spend $5 million to repair a deteriorating sewer system that has been contributing to high pollution levels.

Legislators also approved a bill that would replace funding for water testing that was cut in 2008 due to the budget crisis.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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