August 17, 1986 |
A conversation with marine biologist Rimmon C. Fay, 57, owner of a marine specimen supply firm, an ex-member of the state Coastal Commission and a leader in the fight against pollution in Santa Monica Bay. Los Angeles officials have agreed to spend $2.3 billion to improve treatment of toxin-laden sewage the city dumps in the bay, which is being considered for the federal Superfund cleanup list. Q: You were one of the first marine biologists to explore the waters of Santa Monica Bay.
December 10, 2010 |
For more than half a century, beachgoers have had their views of the Santa Monica Bay disturbed on a near-daily basis. What should be a pristine panorama of sky, sunlight and surf is interrupted by massive tankers unloading crude oil, which is then transported through a pipeline to the Chevron refinery in El Segundo. About 350 tankers each year offload more than 4 billion gallons of crude oil at the bay's offshore mooring. Now, Chevron's lease on state lands that house the offshore marine oil terminal is up for renewal.
October 23, 1987
About 2.7 million gallons of partially treated sewage overflowed into Ballona Creek and reached Santa Monica Bay during last night's rains, City of Los Angeles sanitation officials said. County health officials began this morning to post signs on a vast stretch of beach from Long Beach to the Ventura County line warning that the water could contain unsafe levels of bacteria.
December 25, 1994
We were surprised to read state Sen. Tom Hayden's assertion in "Sacrificing the Bay for Little Gain" (Commentary, Dec. 13) that there is dissension among environmental groups over the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Project's action plan. While different environmental groups may have different strategies, we stand united in the pursuit of our ultimate goal: a cleaner and healthier Santa Monica Bay. Certainly the plan alone will not clean up our ocean. Under the National Estuary Program, the process required consensus among dischargers, regulators, agencies and environmentalists in the development of a plan to restore our bay. Yes, we want to strengthen the plan and to make sure that all its voluntary measures are implemented.
February 23, 1992
Mathis Chazanov wrote an excellent story on flood control. In regard to Ballona Creek, work on the project to enclose the creek in concrete boxes began in the mid-1930s after a terrible flood on New Year's, 1932, when most of the Westside was cut off by the raging creek. Work was done covering the creek from near Cochran Street east to La Brea and then north on La Brea to Olympic. Water runs freely under those streets. The Army Corps of Engineers did the planning and supervision of this important project.
May 21, 1995
In a commentary on May 10, Rep. Jane Harman (D-Rolling Hills) claimed that an amendment I successfully offered to HR 961, the reauthorization of the Clean Water Act, would mean environmental harm to Santa Monica Bay. This is just plain wrong. Strict water quality standards are set for specific pollutants at a level which the state determines is necessary to protect the ocean environment. The outflow from Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts' waste water treatment plant and the Hyperion treatment plant of the City of Los Angeles meet, and often exceed by a wide margin, all state ocean plan and local water-quality standards--the same standards that would have to be met whether or not we require these two facilities to go to so-called "secondary" treatment.