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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 16, 1992
Jeffrey Cross, who has served as interim director of the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project since June, 1991, has been named to head the agency, which is a key source of information on contamination of Santa Monica Bay and other coastal waters. The agency, based in Long Beach, had been without a permanent director for a year and a half, leading to what officials said was poor morale and the resignations of nearly half of the scientific staff.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 29, 2000 | MARLA CONE, TIMES ENVIRONMENTAL WRITER
More than half of Southern California's shoreline--from Santa Barbara to Huntington Beach to San Diego--is unsafe for swimming after rainstorms because of bacteria carried to the ocean by urban runoff, according to a new scientific study released Tuesday.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 29, 2000 | MARLA CONE, TIMES ENVIRONMENTAL WRITER
More than half of Southern California's shoreline--from Santa Barbara to Huntington Beach to San Diego--is unsafe for swimming after rainstorms because of bacteria carried to the ocean by urban runoff, according to a new scientific study released Tuesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 16, 1992
Jeffrey Cross, who has served as interim director of the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project since June, 1991, has been named to head the agency, which is a key source of information on contamination of Santa Monica Bay and other coastal waters. The agency, based in Long Beach, had been without a permanent director for a year and a half, leading to what officials said was poor morale and the resignations of nearly half of the scientific staff.
NEWS
May 29, 1985
After several hours of public testimony, a panel of scientists decided to issue a written response to allegations that the director of the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project played down the severity of toxic contamination in Santa Monica and San Pedro bays. At the hearing, David Brown repeated charges that project director Willard Bascom distorted findings and tried to censor staff members.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 1, 1985 | LARRY B. STAMMER and LEE DYE, Times Staff Writers
Scientists agreed on Thursday that pollution in the ocean off the Southern California coast is serious but stood by earlier appraisals that the problem has been caused mainly by sewer outfalls and not old ocean floor dumps. The deep-water dumps, which were used legally from the late 1940s to the early 1970s, were studied as far back as 1971 by the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project, which said at the time that it did not consider them a significant factor in ocean pollution.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 2000 | MEG JAMES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A UC Irvine scientist has proposed an independent think tank called California Clean Beach Center to coordinate research on coastal pollution and Southern California's ocean systems. "We need to bring a coordinated approach to these problems," Stanley B. Grant said Tuesday. "A center would be essential in bringing together smart people from different disciplines to do research on these complex systems and to solve a critical resource issue for California."
HEALTH
January 30, 2006 | Hugo Martin, Times Staff Writer
Because some people can't resist when the waves are calling, surfers have been pushing for faster release of water quality tests so they can be sure when the water is free of sewage spills and urban runoff. In California, state law mandates that public health officials test the waters at popular beaches at least once a week during peak tourist seasons. Some local agencies test more often.
SCIENCE
December 26, 2013 | By Louis Sahagun
Elizabeth Lopez maneuvered a massive steel claw over the side of a 134-foot sailboat and guided its descent through swaying kelp and schools of fish 10 miles off the coast of San Diego. She was hoping to catch pieces of a mysterious marine ecosystem that scientists are calling the plastisphere. This biological community starts with particles of degraded plastic no bigger than grains of salt. Bacteria take up residence on those tiny pieces of trash. Then single-celled animals feed on the bacteria, and larger predators feed on them.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 9, 2001
For years most of us in Southern California have known enough to stay out of the ocean after rainstorms, especially near the mouths of rivers bringing months of pollutants into the sea from far inland. But in Orange County, the dry summers too now find health officials posting signs from San Clemente to Seal Beach to warn that swimmers and surfers should stay out of polluted waters. The main cause of contamination is urban runoff.
NEWS
May 31, 1985 | ALAN CITRON, Times Staff Writer
A scientific panel Thursday cleared the director of the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project of charges that he withheld information about the severity of toxic contamination in Santa Monica and San Pedro bays. And it reprimanded the high-ranking aide who made the accusations. The panel said that it found no evidence that project director Willard Bascom "deliberately misled anyone, knowingly supplied false information or withheld information that should have been published."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 14, 2000 | MYRNA OLIVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Willard Newell Bascom, engineer and oceanographer who pioneered deep-sea exploration in a continuing search for tin, gold, diamonds and history and became a controversial researcher on pollution in Santa Monica and San Pedro bays, has died. He was 83. Bascom, formerly with UC San Diego's Scripps Institution of Oceanography and later the Long Beach-based Southern California Coastal Water Research Project, died Sept. 20 at his home in La Jolla.
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