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June 8, 2004 | David Lukas
[CUSCUTA SALINA] From a distance it looks as if someone splashed a can of bright orange paint onto the salt marsh vegetation. But closer inspection reveals an odd, parasitic plant that is cursed with nicknames like devil's guts or hellweed. Arising in late spring from a seed no larger than the period at the end of a sentence, dodder sends out not roots but a leafless tendril that snakes across the ground in search of something vertical.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 30, 2012 | By Tony Barboza, Los Angeles Times
In a battle that has polarized the wealthy beach town of Malibu, activists are pledging to stand in the path of oncoming bulldozers when work begins this week on a controversial effort by the state to clean up a pollution-choked salt marsh that sits next to a world-renowned surf spot. State contractors are set to begin fencing off Malibu Lagoon on Friday before draining the salt marsh and reshaping its shores and channels. Activists, who for years have fought a plan they believe is dangerously aggressive, say they will meet the bulldozers face-to-face and stage protests until the state backs off. On one side is a well-organized alliance of surfers, environmental activists, Malibu locals and celebrities such as Pamela Anderson and Red Hot Chili Peppers singer Anthony Kiedis.
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NEWS
August 3, 1992 | Researched by DANNY SULLIVAN and MARLA CONE / Los Angeles Times
A salt marsh is one of three types of wetlands in Orange County. Fed by the ocean, it provides crucial habitat for aquatic life and birds--including several endangered species. Below, a closer look at this complex ecosystem. California Least Tern: This nine-inch, gull-like bird flies high above marshes, looking for fish, then plunges into water to share its prey. Hundreds used to nest on Southern California beaches.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 17, 2009 | Louis Sahagun
A tipster's recollection of a hazardous substance spill in Los Cerritos Wetlands in the 1950s has led to the discovery of elevated levels of carcinogenic PCBs that could derail a controversial proposal to restore the degraded Long Beach salt marsh, officials say. The Environmental Protection Agency is scheduled to present the results of its study of the contamination to the Long Beach City Council today. "The informant, who wishes to remain anonymous, was an apprentice electrician in his late teens in the early 1950s," said EPA spokesman Robert Wise.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 18, 1998 | JUDY WILLIS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
You've probably passed the Carpinteria Salt Marsh while driving along the 101 Freeway between Ventura and Santa Barbara. You may have glanced toward the ocean and noted railroad tracks fronting the flat wetlands of the marsh. At first glimpse, the flat terrain with stubby plantings and little variation in color seems a gloomy wasteland, a shabby second cousin to gleaming sand beaches where tide pools vibrate with life and ocean waves splash and foam.
NEWS
November 30, 1994 | KENNETH R. WEISS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Steve Schwartz pauses on a cracking, concrete dock on the Point Mugu Navy base, surveying the rising salt marsh and dry land around him. Sailors used to navigate 20-foot boats to the dock, puttering around Mugu Lagoon as recently as the 1960s. More recently, Schwartz and another Navy ecologist ventured here in a shallow-draft canoe. "We bottomed out," he said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 30, 2012 | By Tony Barboza, Los Angeles Times
In a battle that has polarized the wealthy beach town of Malibu, activists are pledging to stand in the path of oncoming bulldozers when work begins this week on a controversial effort by the state to clean up a pollution-choked salt marsh that sits next to a world-renowned surf spot. State contractors are set to begin fencing off Malibu Lagoon on Friday before draining the salt marsh and reshaping its shores and channels. Activists, who for years have fought a plan they believe is dangerously aggressive, say they will meet the bulldozers face-to-face and stage protests until the state backs off. On one side is a well-organized alliance of surfers, environmental activists, Malibu locals and celebrities such as Pamela Anderson and Red Hot Chili Peppers singer Anthony Kiedis.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 13, 1988
ENDANGERED PLANT: The state Department of Fish and Game reviews the status of endangered and threatened plants and animals every 5 years. The newest batch of 5-year reviews released by the department includes the salt marsh bird's beak, a plant that was once widespread in coastal marshes from Morro Bay to northern Baja California. Now the plant is restricted to a few isolated marshes, including Upper Newport Bay and possibly Anaheim Bay in Orange County.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 1985
There is an ongoing scientific debate over how to precisely define a wetland. One authoritative source often quoted, the state Coastal Act, defines wetlands as "lands within the coastal zone which may be covered periodically or permanently with shallow water." A lagoon is a type of wetland, as is an estuary. On the Southern California coast, both lagoons and estuaries are usually framed by a salt marsh.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 10, 1989 | RICK VANDERKNYFF, Times Staff Writer
The last time bulldozers rumbled through Huntington Beach's Talbert Marsh, it was to block the tides that made it a productive wetland. Now, the bulldozers are back--this time to give the parched land another chance at life. Since ocean access was cut off in the 1950s to the former salt marsh at the city's southern tip, it has become a dusty vacant lot, home to little more than parked cars, stagnant runoff water and windblown trash.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 24, 2009 | Louis Sahagun
A Signal Hill construction company has come under investigation for leveling 10 acres of salt marsh, dumping asphalt and unearthing a former city dump near the Los Cerritos Wetlands at the mouth of the San Gabriel River. Long Beach officials Friday issued a stop-work order against 2H Construction, after residents complained that the company was tearing up wetlands.
NEWS
June 8, 2004 | David Lukas
[CUSCUTA SALINA] From a distance it looks as if someone splashed a can of bright orange paint onto the salt marsh vegetation. But closer inspection reveals an odd, parasitic plant that is cursed with nicknames like devil's guts or hellweed. Arising in late spring from a seed no larger than the period at the end of a sentence, dodder sends out not roots but a leafless tendril that snakes across the ground in search of something vertical.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 2003 | Martha Groves, Times Staff Writer
Coots, white egrets, hummingbirds and great blue herons lately have made a springtime home of a freshwater marsh created by the builders of the Playa Vista development near Marina del Rey. When the marsh opens to the public Saturday, it will mark a watershed, after nearly two decades of protests and lawsuits over coastal Los Angeles' last large undeveloped property.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 29, 1999 | GARY POLAKOVIC, TIMES STAFF WRITER
What a sorry piece of earth is this patch of malodorous muck inside Mugu Lagoon near Oxnard. Beyond tender loving care, these 37 barren acres are in need of a total make-over. A half century's worth of sewage sludge dumped by the Navy festers in three big storage ponds. It is contaminated with heavy metals. Stench, like a stinky wet blanket, hangs in the air. But scientists from UCLA and the Point Mugu naval base see an opportunity to help nature restore the site.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 15, 1998 | JEFF GOTTLIEB, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An Orange County Superior Court judge has told the Irvine Ranch Water District it cannot pump millions of gallons of highly treated waste into Upper Newport Bay. Mark Wolfe, attorney for Defend the Bay, called the decision a significant step to restore water quality and recreational uses to Newport Bay. "We have a patient with emphysema and gotten him to stop smoking, but we've got a lot of work to restore his health," Wolfe said. Judge Robert E.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 18, 1998 | JUDY WILLIS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
You've probably passed the Carpinteria Salt Marsh while driving along the 101 Freeway between Ventura and Santa Barbara. You may have glanced toward the ocean and noted railroad tracks fronting the flat wetlands of the marsh. At first glimpse, the flat terrain with stubby plantings and little variation in color seems a gloomy wasteland, a shabby second cousin to gleaming sand beaches where tide pools vibrate with life and ocean waves splash and foam.
REAL ESTATE
January 27, 1985
Applications will close on Feb. 8 for resident moorings at the 1,150-slip, $60-million West Channel-Cabrillo Beach marina and recreational complex expected to be in full operation in San Pedro by the end of this year. Spike Harvey, executive director of the Southern California Boat Show (Friday through Feb. 10 at the Los Angeles Convention Center), said that there is a large demand for new slips to berth pleasure boats in Southern California.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 13, 1998 | WENDY MILLER
Zipping down Highway 101 through Carpinteria, right past the storage place but before the wholesale flower merchants, you often spot it: a gray-brown strip of desolation that sits between the road and the pricey homes that face the sea. During the summer it seems parched and barren, and winter's heavy rains can overwhelm it, causing it to spill its silt and water all over the highway.
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