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Drought harming water quality in inland San Diego County

SAN DIEGO (AP) — An annual study finds high bacteria levels and low oxygen levels in creeks and streams of inland San Diego County, and concludes water quality is suffering amid the ongoing drought.

The Los Angeles Times says the 2015 San Diego Coastkeeper report released this week ranked the inland water quality as fair to poor — with no watershed earning good or excellent status.

The county's northern watersheds received fair ratings. Most central and southern watersheds received marks of marginal, while the Tijuana area was rated poor.

Coastkeeper used data from 360 samples taken at various sites throughout the year.

California remains in a four-year drought. The newspaper says San Diego rainfall for the year to date is 7.85 inches, compared to an average of 10 inches.

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