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San Diego ocean monitoring program to be renewed

Posted by George J Janczyn on May 18, 2010

San Diego’s waiver from having to provide secondary treatment of its wastewater at the Point Loma Wastewater Treatment Plant and the South Bay Water Reclamation Plant requires that an Ocean Monitoring Program be conducted. The monitoring program has been underway for years now. That program is now to be renewed and expanded.

The San Diego City Council votes today to adopt an ordinance approving a phase-funded Second Amendment to the Agreement with the University of California, San Diego for the Evaluation of San Diego’s Coastal Ecosystem for an amount not to exceed $1,499,721, and to authorize an FY 2010 expenditure of $344,516 from Wastewater Fund 700001 for Phase 5 of the aforementioned Amendment (council docket item 51:

Excerpt from the executive summary:

“Continued monitoring and protection of the coastal marine environment are the main objectives of the City’s Ocean Monitoring Program…Under this Second Amendment, Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) will conduct studies monitoring the status of the San Diego region’s kelp forests as part of the City’s enhanced ocean monitoring requirements for the PLWTP and SBWRP. Specifically, SIO scientists will continue long-term monitoring studies to define the impacts or potential impacts of treated wastewater discharge on the health and stability of the local kelp forest ecosystem off Point Loma, La Jolla and in North County relative to other environmental parameters.”


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