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While dead fish have been washing up on shore on the Atlantic side of the U.S. (dead fish, I have to add, that sea gulls and rodents apparently aren’t interested in eating); the waters have been turning green on the Pacific side.
And that’s not all that’s been happening along the California coast. A quote from one frequent visitor to the California beaches, surfing since the late 70s: “Strange days in California coastal waters.” He had never seen it this weird.
Originally posted by mistafaz
reply to post by mother1138
Nothing new. The waters off Ocean Beach in San Francisco and down to Santa Cruz have always been a deep green with a hint of blue. I tell you it's a lot better than the brown water of San Francisco Bay.
Originally posted by MrWendal
Seriously... you call this normal or green waters with a hint of blue?? I don't buy it. I love nature pics. I have taken many shots of the oceans over the years and I have seen all types of water. I have never seen anything like this.
Originally posted by mistafaz
So it's a bunch of algae washing ashore. The only people freak out is because of their conditioning toward brighter green colors. Nuclear waste, toxic sludge!
Two San Diego-based defense contractors have received federal grants totaling nearly $35 million to drive down the cost of making jet fuel from algae.
General Atomics and SAIC received the contracts from the Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA. It is the military's research and development funding arm and is seeking biofuel alternatives for military aircraft, which make up a significant percentage of the $6 billion the military spends on fuel annually.
San Diego’s quest to become a hub for the development of algae-based biofuels got a boost today, with the San Diego Center for Algae Biotechnology (SD-CAB), saying it’s getting the lion’s share of a three-year, $9 million federal Department of Energy grant awarded today.
In addition to the $9 million in federal funds, a consortium of seven companies—including San Diego-based Sapphire Energy, General Atomics, and Sempra Energy—are providing $3 million to finance R&D slated to begin this summer. Funding for the consortium has been structured in a way that is similar to the National Alliance for Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts (NAABB), which I profiled in May when Jose Olivares, the group’s executive director, came through San Diego. The San Diego-based consortium had also sought funding under the DOE program, and the funding announced today was in some respects a political consolation prize for the San Diego contingent.
Originally posted by sheepslayer247
It is also interesting how tar balls were seen on SoCal beaches! Is this common on the west coast?