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July 5, 1992
Regional water officials are conducting tests to determine whether to build a $1.1-million plant to treat polluted water at five wells in Monrovia. The state Department of Toxic Substances Control has awarded a $634,447 grant to the Main San Gabriel Basin Water Quality Authority for the plant. The city of Monrovia has pledged $500,000.
August 14, 1994
I would like to compliment The Times for its editorial ("Getting to the Source of the Problem," July 31), which called attention to the need for action to improve the water in Aliso Creek. Your help with this effort is much appreciated. I would like to clarify that all five members of the Laguna Beach City Council have asked for public hearings before the Aliso Water Management Agency. Three of the five council members actually attended the meeting of that board, but the council was unanimous in its endorsement of action to correct the problems that have led to sewer spills, which have polluted the creek and the ocean at Aliso Beach.
June 7, 1992
A bill to create a new water quality authority to oversee the cleanup of severe ground-water pollution in the San Gabriel Valley passed the state Senate by a 21-4 vote last week. The proposal, which will be considered by the Assembly this summer, would create a five-member board with the power to make assessments to pay for the cleanup based on water-pumping rights. Assessments of up to $40 per acre-foot would likely be passed on to consumers. Proponents of the bill, sponsored by Sen.
May 25, 2012 | Tony Barboza
The water at 82% of Los Angeles County's beaches earned solid A or B grades in Heal the Bay's annual Beach Report Card, but many of the state's most polluted shores continue to be in the county. Last year, the Santa Monica-based environmental group reported a dip in water quality that bucked years of steady improvement. That was attributed in part to heavy rainfall. Heal the Bay credited the gains this year to a drier winter and the construction of more facilities to capture, treat and divert tainted storm water before it reaches the ocean.
Armed with grants totaling more than $836,000, a team of UC Irvine researchers will launch three studies aimed at improving drinking water quality and reducing pollution flowing into the nation's waterways. Funding for the projects comes from local water agencies and the National Water Research Institute, an Orange County-based study group that recently received more than $1 million from the Joan Irvine Smith and Athalie R. Clarke Foundation.
May 19, 1996
I was pleased to see "Bay Study Links Drain Outlets, Swimmer Illness" (May 7), about the study of health risks to those who swim near storm drains in Santa Monica Bay. I am concerned, however, that the article suggests that swimming in the bay is safe so long as one avoids storm drains. This is not the case, since the study only focused on dry, summer conditions when little water flows from area storm drains. Further, the study was limited to those swimming in the bay every 10 days or more, not those who enjoy swimming more frequently; and although the risks 400 yards away from the drains are less, risks still exist there.
September 22, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
A panel of water quality regulators and activists will discuss clean-water issues Tuesday at a public meeting of the Sierra Club's Sierra Sage chapter. Topics will include problems in local water supplies, sewage disposal and the cleanliness of the ocean, rivers and creeks. The 7 p.m. meeting will be at the Unitarian Universalist Church of South County, 25801 Obrero Drive.
September 12, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Boeing Co. has paid more than $471,000 to settle a state enforcement action against the aerospace giant for scores of water quality violations at the company's Santa Susana Field Laboratory near Simi Valley. Boeing was accused of allowing excessive levels of lead, mercury and other toxins to flow from the nuclear and rocket-engine test site into surrounding canyons as well as the Arroyo Simi and Bell Creek, a tributary of the Los Angeles River.
September 30, 2001 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The local chapter of the Surfrider Foundation is pressing for a water quality lab on the San Mateo County coast to trace sources of water contamination. The group is asking the county to clean up the coastline, which includes a number of public beaches. In August, the county was at the top of an annual list of California coastal areas that had experienced beach closures or warnings because of contamination. The county has been monitoring the waters since the 1960s.
December 19, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
State conservation officials plan to monitor the water quality off Unalaska Island to determine whether fuel spilled from a grounded freighter will affect Bering Sea fisheries scheduled to open next month. Makushin and Skan bays are home to a tanner crab fishery scheduled to open Jan. 15. The 738-foot Selendang Ayu broke in half near those bays after running aground Dec. 8. An unknown amount of fuel and soybeans have spilled out of the ship's remains, darkening the sea and washing ashore.
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