Santa Monica Bay
In the 1930s, gambling ships anchored beyond the three mile limit, then measured from the beach. The ships were popular and a fleet of ever-larger ships and barges appeared until the State Attorney General got the limit recalculated to exclude the bay. The largest ship held off the state police for nine days with
submachine guns in what the newspapers called "The Battle of Santa Monica Bay".
Once a major commercial fishery, Santa Monica Bay's water quality declined drastically in the 20th century as development of Los Angeles County resulted in large amounts of
sewageand trash-rich storm runoff being dumped into its waters. Through restoration projects mandated by the Clean Water Actand advocated by groups such as Heal the Bay, the bay's water quality has improved fairly dramatically from its early-1980s nadir. Hyperion sewage treatment plant's output is now far cleaner than it had been. However, during the region's rainy winters, it still suffers from algal bloomand other water pollution-related maladies, forcing the closure of most of the famous beaches along its shore.
Communities and settlements
* [http://www.healthebay.org/ Heal the Bay]
* [http://cfpub.epa.gov/surf/huc.cfm?huc_code=18070104 EPA Santa Monica Bay Watershed Profile]
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