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Author Sharpsteen, Bill, 1954-

Title Dirty water one man's fight to clean up one of the world's most polluted bays / Bill Sharpsteen
Published Berkeley : University of California Press, [2010]


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Description xvi, 263 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Series The Stephen Bechtel Fund imprint in ecology and the environment
Stephen Bechtel Fund imprint in ecology and the environment.
Contents The swimmer -- The witness -- The coalition -- Squirp -- The press conference -- City hall -- The activist -- The second hearing -- The scientist -- The politician -- The brown ribbon -- Heal the bay -- The dirty toilet awards -- The decision -- Friend of the court -- Outsiders and insiders -- The 50 percent job
Summary "Dirty Water is the riveting story of how Howard Bennett, a Los Angeles schoolteacher with a gift for outrageous rhetoric, fought pollution in Santa Monica Bay - and won. The story begins in 1985, when many scientists considered the bay to be one of the most polluted bodies of water in the world. The insecticide DDT covered portions of the sea floor. Los Angeles discharged partially treated sewage into its waters. Lifeguards came down with mysterious illnesses. And Howard Bennett happily swam in it every morning." "By accident, Bennett learned that Los Angeles had applied for a waiver from the Clean Water Act to continue discharging sewage into the bay. Incensed that he had been swimming in dirty water, Bennett organized oddball coalition to orchestrate stunts such as wrapping brown ribbon around LA's city hall and issuing Dirty Toilet Awards to chastise the city's administration. This is the fast-paced story of how this unusual cast of characters created an environmental movement in Los Angeles that continues to this day with the nationally recognized Heal the Bay."--BOOK JACKET
Notes Formerly CIP. Uk
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Bennett, Howard, 1929-
Hyperion Water Treatment Facility (Los Angeles, Calif.) -- History.
Environmental policy -- California -- Santa Monica Bay Region
Sewage disposal in the ocean -- Environmental aspects -- California -- Santa Monica Bay.
Marine pollution -- California -- Santa Monica Bay -- Prevention.
Environmentalists -- United States -- Biography.
High school teachers -- United States -- Biography.
Political activists -- United States -- Biography.
Santa Monica Bay Region (Calif.) -- Environmental conditions
Genre/Form Biographies.
LC no. 2009003365
ISBN 9780520256606 cloth alkaline paper
0520256603 cloth alkaline paper