throwing copper

A revolution? In Marina Del Rey? Now that’s funny…

Plans for the first extensive pollution cleanup in Marina del Rey history have sparked a revolt by boat owners at the tony harbor that could echo along the length of the California coast.

The Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board on Thursday will consider rules that would force boaters to strip copper paint from the bottoms of their boats and replace it with a less toxic alternative. To clean copper already in the water, the plan also calls for the county to spend at least $147 million dredging the nearly 50-year-old marina, the nation’s largest man-made recreational boating harbor.¬†Almost all of the marina’s more than 4,500 boats have bottoms covered in copper paint. Read on the the LA Times.