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Committee Dispenses Resources for Nature

The Daily Nexus
May 10, 2000
By Ted Andersen and Sarah Healy

The Shoreline Preservation Fund forked over a little green Monday night for the planting of a different kind of green.

The fund- composed of seven student board members- has seen nearly 25 projects this year and has dished out nearly $150,000 of its $180,000 of lock-in fee resources. This week the bond allocated $25,601 for Bren Water Quality Monitoring, Native Plant Growing Solutions and Gaviota Coast Resource Book projects.

The SPF dished out $4,601 to the Bren Water Quality Monitoring project Monday night. Project member and graduate student Ian Adam said students from the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management will use the allocation to examine a possible correlation between sediment flow and coliform bacteria levels released from the Goleta Slough.

"The project will look at bacterial dispersion upon release of water from lagoons whether by a man or by nature." We want to estimate how far down the coast bacteria is found," Adam said.

Adam said his three-person team intends on using the same method as Santa Barbara County to determine safe advisory zones for streams and lagoons.

"The information will be useful for county and city events. The county is not allowed to breach lagoons. They have to open creeks and lagoons that are anoxic, which means not enough oxygen," Adam said. "For other creeks, the same requirement is not there."

SPF Chair Scott Bull said the Native Plant Growing Solutions Project, which received $11,000 Monday night, is important to Isla Vista because it will reintroduce plants that are unique to the Gaviota Coast.

"They want to produce about 10,000 native plants that will be used in the community," he said. "There’s a real high demand for native plants right now. Nobody is really growing native plants with the genetic make-up that’s indigenous to this area."

Bull said the project members will sell the plants to local businesses. Profits from the plants would go to the Restoration Education Institute to be used for continued restoration and educational programs, Growing Solutions employee Stephanie Langsdorf said. Eventually, Langsdorf hopes the profits will lead to a self-sustaining project.

"We knew there was a need and the students would benefit from the education, and the community will benefit from the plants," she said.

The Gaviota Coast Resource Book project, which received $10,000, aims to create a pamphlet filled specifically with cultural and coastal resources, as well as history of the area, according to Bull. He added that several on-campus departments such as ecology, evolution and microbiology (EEMB) and biology will contribute to the book.

Bull said he was pleased with SPF’s operations in its first year as a board. "It has actually run very smoothly. The board has been real dedicated and have been personable with the applicants," he said. "We’ve funded the majority of each project we’ve seen. I hope the student body appreciates the projects we are funding."