Mapping Urban Runoff to Santa Monica Bay
Alexandra Dicter, Beth Locker and Zoe Schumacher
Geographic focus: USA / Santa Monica Bay
Date completed: 2002
The number one cause of marine pollution in Santa Monica Bay is urban runoff. A team of three female university students mapped plumes of pollution flowing into the Pacific comparing normal daily runoff with storm event flows. Water quality measured hazardous levels of pesticides, organic chemicals, fecal matter, oil, trash, and dissolved metals, with highest concentrations near the mouth of Ballona Creek. To encourage local stewardship and restoration of the Bay, the group designed an Adopt-a-Stormdrain campaign to link residents with the outflows of their urban watersheds.
Topics / keywords: Water Pollution; Wastewater