Yo, dudes and dudettes, it’s time to start getting amped, not aggro, about California’s ongoing drought. Here’s the deal: Less rain means that less gnarly storm water flows back into the ocean. So don’t be a paddlepuss, the water’s actually quite nice.

The Los Angeles Times has the story:

California’s lingering drought has continued to have at least one silver lining: cleaner water along the coast, according to a new report.

Water quality along Southern California’s coast improved last year amid the record-low rainfall largely because lower amounts of storm runoff flowed down to the area, according to the annual Beach Report Card released Wednesday by Heal the Bay, an environmental group.

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Ninety-four percent of Los Angeles County’s beaches – long among the most polluted in the state – received A or B grades for the high-traffic summer months, according to the report. That percentage was up 4% from last year’s report and up 10% for the county’s summer average for the last five years. …

The leading cause of water pollution in local beaches is storm-drain runoff, flowing untreated to the coast and often contaminated with motor oil, pesticides, yard waste, animal waste and other pollutants.

Drought, schmout, bruh.

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