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.
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.
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.
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January 15, 2010 |
You have to be a scuba diver to see the difference, but areas of Santa Monica Bay that were historically fouled by sewage discharges are making a strong comeback. The new State of the Bay report notes the revival of bottom-dwelling marine life in the wake of treatment upgrades at the two big wastewater plants that empty into the bay several miles from shore. Diver surveys have documented sea animals and plants on the sea floor "where really it was barren before," said Shelley Luce, executive director of the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission, which issues the report every five years.
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.