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Santa Monica may install net under pier to catch bird droppings

July 28, 2009 |  3:42 pm

The city of Santa Monica is preparing to tackle the growing problem of ocean pollution by targeting one of the biggest polluters of the bay: birds.

The Santa Monica Daily Press has more:

The City Council tonight is expected to approve a $107,758 contract with Bird Busters to install a net directly beneath the Santa Monica Pier where pigeons roost and frequently defecate, creating challenges for City Hall to meet bacterial levels set forth by the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board.

City officials said they believe that installing the net and thereby eliminating the roosting sites beneath the pier will reduce bacteria pollution caused from pigeon feces. A consultant hired last year to evaluate various projects that would keep bacteria levels below the board's requirements identified netting as the most effective solution for deterring birds.