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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 18, 1996
I know that in the past your newspaper has published many articles on the water pollution problem off our Southern California coast. However, I don't believe that enough emphasis is being placed on the seriousness of the problem. If you were to ask the average person to name California's top five problems, the water pollution problem would most certainly not be among those listed. I have personally suffered from the polluted coastal waters and thus have seen the severity of the problem firsthand.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 2011 | By Martha Groves, Los Angeles Times
For much of the summer, the towering creation stood hidden behind a draping of blue and black tarps, looking like nothing more than a big home construction project. On Thursday, workers stripped away the shrouds to reveal a startling, four-story-high art installation. Surrounded by homes in a quiet pocket of Santa Monica, the display consists of a series of 150 square panels spray-painted yellow-orange, magenta, purple, sky blue and sea foam green. Each panel also bears a series of unidentifiable, white-painted characters that seem like a message scrawled by extraterrestrials.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 1991
State and federal attorneys on Thursday asked a federal judge to restore an ocean pollution claim filed last June against eight companies and the Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts. U.S. District Judge A. Andrew Hauk dismissed the claim last week, saying it failed to detail the damage done by DDT and PCB pollutants from Montrose Chemical Corp., Westinghouse Electric Corp. and the other defendants.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 17, 2008 | Claire Noland, Times Staff Writer
Edward D. Goldberg, a marine chemist at UC San Diego's Scripps Institution of Oceanography who studied the effects of ocean pollution, died March 7 at his Encinitas home in northern San Diego County after a long illness, the institute announced. He was 86. A member of the Scripps faculty since 1949, Goldberg helped develop the federally funded Mussel Watch program in the 1970s to measure the levels of contaminants in mussels and other shellfish that concentrate pollutants in their tissue.
NEWS
August 10, 1989
Immediately eliminate pollution along the nation's shores or risk permanent danger to human and marine life, an environmental group urged the federal government. The Natural Resources Defense Council unveiled its program to address short-term health threats within five years, and maintain the long-term health of coastal waters within 10 years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 1988
Ocean contamination off the Palos Verdes Peninsula will be discussed by marine toxicologist David Brown at a free public meeting sponsored by Heal the Bay, a nonprofit volunteer coalition, tonight at 7 at the Peninsula Center Library, 650 Deep Valley Drive, Rolling Hills Estates. The organization is concerned about pollution contaminating coastal waters that affects commercial fishing and recreational diving.
NEWS
April 17, 1986 | MARK GLADSTONE, Times Staff Writer
Four bills by Assemblyman Tom Hayden (D-Santa Monica) aimed at protecting Santa Monica Bay and other waterways from pollution cleared their first legislative hurdles this week. The key measure--which for the first time establishes a state policy to curb ocean dumping--was approved on Monday by the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee by an 8-3 margin and sent to the Ways and Means Committee.
NEWS
April 17, 1986 | MARK GLADSTONE, Times Staff Writer
Four bills by Assemblyman Tom Hayden (D-Santa Monica) aimed at protecting Santa Monica Bay and other waterways from pollution cleared their first legislative hurdles this week. The key measure--which for the first time establishes a state policy to curb ocean dumping--was approved on Monday by the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee by an 8-3 margin and sent to the Ways and Means Committee.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 25, 1995 | KENNETH R. WEISS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Moving to heed state law and protect public health, county administrators on Monday recommended that the county begin closely monitoring ocean pollution and posting signs on public beaches after major sewage spills. The Ventura County Board of Supervisors is expected to authorize money today to upgrade the environmental health program that in recent years has failed to inform the public when ocean waters are too polluted to enter.
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November 2, 1995 | JAMES GERSTENZANG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A U.N. conference neared completion Wednesday of an agreement intended to sharply curtail the number of chemicals polluting the world's oceans. With two days left in a two-week meeting, delegates said they were almost certain to set in motion a plan that would culminate in a 1997 conference to draw up restrictions on such chemicals as dioxin and DDT.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 17, 2007 | James Rainey, Times Staff Writer
A Los Angeles Times series describing the profound degradation of the world's oceans won the Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting Monday, the 38th time the newspaper has been awarded journalism's top honor. The five-part "Altered Oceans" project, headed by environmental reporter Kenneth R.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 28, 2007 | Marla Cone, Times Staff Writer
Many fish caught off Los Angeles County still contain extremely high levels of DDT, a sign that anglers and consumers remain at risk and that the ocean's ecosystem may be far from recovery 35 years after the pesticide was banned. Newly released data from a federal survey indicate that fish caught in the area contained the world's highest-known DDT concentrations.
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December 25, 2006 | Kenneth R. Weiss, Times Staff Writer
CALL it the slobber stopper. It looks like an elaborate fountain. Water gurgles through a series of red-tiled pools, spillways and chutes within sight of the pedestrian walkway that connects the bluffs of Santa Monica with the Santa Monica Pier. The Santa Monica Urban Runoff Recycling Facility, or SMURRF, is the only thing preventing 350,000 gallons of urban runoff from coursing into the Pacific every day.
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November 6, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Old toothbrushes, beach toys and used condoms are part of a vast vortex of trash in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, threatening sea creatures that get tangled in it, eat it or ride on it, a report by the environmental group Greenpeace says. Ocean currents and tides have carried plastic items thousands of miles to an area between Hawaii and the U.S. West Coast, the study found. This swirling vortex can grow to be about the size of Texas.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 19, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The City Council agreed Friday to spend nearly $49 million in bond funds to remove trash and bacteria from storm water and urban runoff. The money comes from Proposition O, a 2004 city bond measure that raised $500 million to prevent waste and debris in the drainage system from polluting the ocean. The city will use the money for several projects, including one to install 6,000 screens to catch trash and other waste in runoff.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 2, 2006 | Kenneth R. Weiss, Times Staff Writer
The albatross chick jumped to its feet, eyes alert and focused. At 5 months, it stood 18 inches tall and was fully feathered except for the fuzz that fringed its head. All attitude, the chick straightened up and clacked its beak at a visitor, then rocked back and dangled webbed feet in the air to cool them in the afternoon breeze. The next afternoon, the chick ignored passersby. The bird was flopped on its belly, its legs splayed awkwardly. Its wings drooped in the hot sun.
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May 5, 1994 | RICK FIGNETTI and DAVID REYES, Rockin' Fig is Rick Fignetti, a Huntington Beach surfer/shop owner. Times staff writer David Reyes has reported on U.S. surf teams competing in Bali and Brazil
A recent surf session with Pierce Flynn and Ed Mazzarella reminded me of the eclectic nature of surfers. Both work for the San Clemente-based Surfrider Foundation. As Surfrider spokesman, Flynn tells us who's responsible for ocean pollution, while Mazzarella links the foundation with its chapters, letting them know what to do. I told Rockin' Fig I was going surfing with two guys I hadn't surfed with before, and he was stoked.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 30, 2006 | Kenneth R. Weiss, Times Staff Writer
The fireweed began each spring as tufts of hairy growth and spread across the seafloor fast enough to cover a football field in an hour. When fishermen touched it, their skin broke out in searing welts. Their lips blistered and peeled. Their eyes burned and swelled shut. Water that splashed from their nets spread the inflammation to their legs and torsos. "It comes up like little boils," said Randolph Van Dyk, a fisherman whose powerful legs are pocked with scars.
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