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Santa Monica storm drain project could help water quality near pier

April 6, 2009 |  8:23 am

Santa Monica is beginning work on an effort to replace a leaky storm drain that goes from the downtown area to the Santa Monica Pier. According to Lookout News, the pipe is blamed for terrible water quality and pollution at the beach next to the pier:

The City is taking a major step towards cleaning up one of California’s most polluted beaches by laying the first lengths of pipe to divert dry weather runoff under the Santa Monica Pier.

Bankrolled with funds from Proposition V -- a 2006 parcel tax approved by Santa Monica voters to help clean up Santa Monica beaches -- the Pier Storm Drain Improvements and Dry Weather Diversion Project will replace a decaying drain that carries runoff from the thriving Downtown business district.

--Shelby Grad

Photo: Santa Monica Pier. Credit: Los Angeles Times