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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 5, 1999 | NANCY HILL-HOLTZMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An outlawed artificial reef, made of old tires and PVC pipe, bobs on the ocean floor off the Balboa Pier as its creator tries one last time to persuade state regulators to spare the structure. Aquaculturist Rodolphe Streichenberger was denied a permit two years ago and never asked for one when the experimental reef was built in 1988, but he remains undeterred.
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July 9, 1998 | DEBORAH SCHOCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Southern California Edison has fallen behind schedule in a massive state-ordered program to build a giant kelp reef and restore wetlands to compensate for years of ocean damage caused by the San Onofre nuclear plant. Less than 15 months after the state set a strict timetable for the long-awaited projects, the wetlands restoration is lagging six months behind deadline.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 7, 1996 | DEBORAH SCHOCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They thrive unseen and silent off the California coast, these amber-toned kelp forests that teem with a rich bounty of marine life. Among some ocean enthusiasts, giant kelp communities are viewed with the same reverence as ancient redwood forests. So when a kelp bed off San Onofre seemed to be failing mysteriously, alarmed scientists sprang into action. Their conclusion: Kelp was being killed by murky water from a nearby nuclear power plant.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 3, 1990 | CLAY EVANS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After two weeks of underwater patching and welding on the capsized Princess Louise in Los Angeles Harbor, salvage workers are nearly ready to refloat the once elegant passenger ship and dockside restaurant. But once raised, the ship that mysteriously sank last October will make only one last, short voyage before it is consigned to Davy Jones' locker.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 3, 1995 | HOLLY J. WAGNER
The City Council has approved a nonprofit company's plan to build a 500- to 1,000-foot tire reef off the Balboa Pier as a demonstration project, but the project also must clear state Coastal Commission and Fish and Game Department hurdles before it can proceed. The Marine Forest Society hopes to build an artificial reef to serve as a breeding ground for mussels, fish and other sea creatures.
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December 4, 1995 | LEN HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A dripping Rodolphe Streichenberger emerged from the blue water off the Balboa Pier with an exuberant " voila ." He heaved handfuls of sticky pink starfish--to be tossed overboard elsewhere--into the inflatable scuba craft and pronounced his 40-minute dive "excellent," in English thick with the accent of his native France. "We can feed the world," said the enthusiastic Streichenberger, a youthful 68, after peeling off his scuba tank and face mask.
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June 25, 2001 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Lynne Lamb Bryant consigned her late husband to the warm, jade-colored waters of the Gulf of Mexico last week, after electing to have his remains made into oceanfront property. None of us, it has been said famously, is an island. But a man or woman now can choose to spend the afterlife as part of an artificial reef, designed to be environmentally friendly and serve as a home to fish and other marine life for at least 500 years. The deceased's cremated ashes are mixed into concrete.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 26, 1996 | ERIC SLATER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Once, when all surfboards were long boards and neon neoprene was not even a fever-induced dream, there were more waves than surfers and few man-made obstacles to alter their course or form. Today, Southern California surfers fairly wait in line to catch a respectable wave. And once-mighty surf sloshes in meekly at several beaches, its energy already spent against jetties or piers or pipelines.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 16, 1999 | LISA RICHARDSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After seven years of planning and permits, delays and missed deadlines, Southern California Edison is set to begin construction on an artificial kelp reef project meant to offset years of damage caused by its San Onofre nuclear plant. The California Coastal Commission on Thursday voted to allow Edison to start work on the 22.4-acre reef, the first phase of a 150-acre reef project the owners of the San Onofre plant must build to mitigate damage to the natural kelp bed just offshore.
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October 25, 1999 | SEEMA MEHTA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Seven oil platforms off Orange County's coast nearing retirement could become permanent havens for aquatic life if their owners win a legislative battle to turn them into artificial reefs. But environmentalists say oil companies just want to avoid a costly cleanup. Underwater invertebrates such as mussels and barnacles attach themselves to the steel towers that support the platforms.
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