Water Quality Monitoring
Water quality parameters - Dissolved oxygen, temperature, pH, and conductivity measured at 1m depth intervals with a Sea-Bird oceanographic profiler (Model SEACAT SBE 19plusV2).
Sediment Toxicity Testing (Bioassays)
Sediment Grain Size
Visual/Video Surveys on SCUBA - Fish, algae and invertebrate identification.
Current projects include:
(Funded by Chevron Products, El Segundo Refinery)
Quarterly and annual receiving water quality monitoring including infaunal analysis, sediment chemistry, water chemistry, bioassays, bacteria monitoring, sediment grain size and diver surveys of the outfall pipe.
(Funded by Los Angeles Department of Water and Power)
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) is engaged in studies to support the proposed upgrading of its Pacific direct current (DC) Intertie (PDCI) by approximately 600MW to accommodate the transfer of wind power as well as hydroelectric power. The PDCI involves enhancements to the existing PDCI ocean electrode system located off the coast of Santa Monica, California in Santa Monica Bay. The ocean-based enhancement includes replacement and relocation of two existing subsea electrical cables, which currently extend seaward from the coast to the seafloor in northern Santa Monica Bay. The goal of this Project is to provide an assessment of the existing SGRS cables and electrode to address the following over-arching questions: What is the potential impact of leaving the existing cables in place versus removing them? What is the potential impact of leaving the existing electrode in place versus removing it?
(Funded by the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project)
The Southern California Bight Pilot Project (SCBPP) was conducted in 1994 to begin addressing regional monitoring concerns. This project was the largest regional survey of environmental conditions on the mainland shelf in the Southern California Bight (SCB). It capitalized on the interest and cooperation existing in southern California and the resources available in current monitoring programs to develop an integrated and coordinated regional monitoring program that addressed the needs of the participating local, state, and federal agencies, and provided new management information. The SCBPP provided a much needed first “snapshot” of the state of the SCB.
As a part of Bight '08 and Bight '13, the Vantuna Research Group surveyed strata including coastal estuaries, the upper continental slope (200-500 m), and the lower slope and inner basin (500-1000 m) using otter trawl. The goal of the project was to assess the condition of the bottom environment and the health of the biological resources of the SCB. To accomplish this goal, the project focused on two primary objectives: 1) estimate the extent and magnitude of ecological change in the SCB; and 2) determine the mass balance of pollutants that currently reside within the SCB.
- Vantuna Research Group:
1600 Campus Road
Los Angeles, CA 90041
- Phone: (323) 259-2955
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