|From:||Lenny Siegel <email@example.com>|
|Date:||Sun, 7 Nov 2010 13:06:37 -0800 (PST)|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] REUSE: Long Beach (CA) breakwater|
Sinking the Breakwater: Surfers in Long Beach Seek to Dismantle a
Decades-Old Navy Relic
by Joshua Frank Truthout November 7, 2010From an environmental perspective, the battered coastline that butts up against Long Beach, California is something of a tragedy, a remnant of an idyllic oceanfront that once was.
It's an old tale, but it's relived daily here in sunny Los Angeles County. Completed shortly after World War II, a breakwater was constructed a mile and a half off the coast of Long Beach, California as a sort of pseudo-protector for a US Naval fleet. The notion was simple: protect Navy ships from Japanese underwater missiles and big waves. Eventually the Naval base relocated to San Diego but it left its obstructionist wall behind. Now this stone barrier- which stretches over two miles in length - acts as a water prison: no waves make it in and none flow out. The result is apparent to anyone who walks this littered stretch of sand.
Long Beach's waterfront is filthy.Of course, this wasn't always the case. Dubbed the "Waikiki of California" for its long, curling waves, Long Beach held one of the Golden State's first-ever surf competitions back in 1939. Located just 20 miles south of sprawling Los Angeles, the beach was a popular destination for old-time wave riders and other beach bunnies. In fact, lifeguard rescues prior to the breakwater's construction were higher than anywhere else in all of California. It was a happening place, but no longer.
... For the entire article, see http://www.truth-out.org/sinking-breakwater-surfers-long-beach-seek-dismantle-a-decades-old-navy-relic64665 -- Lenny Siegel Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight a project of the Pacific Studies Center 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041 Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545 Fax: 650/961-8918 <firstname.lastname@example.org> http://www.cpeo.org _______________________________________________ Military mailing list Military@lists.cpeo.org http://lists.cpeo.org/listinfo.cgi/military-cpeo.org
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