CA: Where environmental laws protect bird poop

April 9, 2013

By Chris Reed

cormorantsLa Jolla is on the short list of the swankiest, most upscale places in the United States. But now a few blocks of the tony San Diego community are on the short list of the stinkiest, too, because of environmental laws that protect guano. This is from an AP report Monday:

“SAN DIEGO (AP) — La Jolla’s jagged coastline is strictly protected by environmental laws to ensure the San Diego community remains the kind of seaside jewel that has attracted swanky restaurants, top-flight hotels and some of the nation’s rich and famous, including billionaire businessman Irwin Jacobs and former presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

“Tourists flock to the place. So do birds. Lots of birds. And with those birds comes lots of poop.

“So rather than gasping in amazement at the beautiful views, some are holding their noses from the stench coming from the droppings that cake coastal rocks and outcroppings near its business district. …

On a recent afternoon, tourists on spring break walked along the sea wall. Some scrunched up their faces in disgust.

“‘It smells like something dead,’ said Meghan Brummett as she looked at the birds with her husband and children. The family was visiting from Brawley, a farming town two hours east of San Diego. …

“La Jolla is a state-designated area of ‘special biological significance.’ That means California strictly regulates its waters to protect its abundant marine life, which also attracts birds. …

“In La Jolla, the birds took over the rocks after the city prohibited people from walking there years ago for safety reasons. There has been little rain to wash away the feces. …

“Any cleaning method will require a permit, city officials say. The area is regulated by several government agencies. Washing it with a non-toxic solution would cause concern because of the run off into the ocean, state officials say. Even using just water could cause problems since guano discharged into the ocean in high concentrations would be considered a pollutant.”

The stench problem is about five months old, with no progress made on any front in getting it fixed. You can scarcely make this stuff up, it’s so insane. If only state authorities cared as much about protecting jobs as they do bird poop.


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  1. jimmydeeoc
    jimmydeeoc 9 April, 2013, 14:03

    Glenn Beck can be a bit of a nutcase, but he’s being proven correct about one aspect of the Cloward Piven strategy – essentially enabling an endless feedback loop of contradictory and overlapping bureaucracies, and in doing so creating One Ginormous Cluster****.

    Think about it……nothing this nation did prior to 1970 is even remotely possible today, even as technological innovation has made doing them much easier and maybe even cheaper.

    Space? Damming the Colorado? The 56,000 mile Interstate System? The California Water Project? Does ANYONE think whatever the latest Delta proposal is will EVER come to pass? Of course not.

    We can’t even hose off bird poop……in an urban, heavily populated area within city limits no less (aren’t there health aspects involved here?)

    It’s kind of depressing. As I have said, I’m feel as if I am in a 35 year race (actuarially speaking)…….do I croak before it all implodes, or vice-versa?

    (It’s not defeatist, Teddy. It’s just reality. There IS still time. I hope I am proven wrong. But right now it does not look good )

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  2. double l
    double l 9 April, 2013, 14:49

    Farmers put up Owl boxes on their farms so the Owls will have a place to nest. These birds are very efficient at hunting down their prey (rodents) on nightly forays. Their excrement also includes the bones and fur of these animals they have consumed. Because of food safety laws, Owl boxes cannot be used on farms because their excrement MAY cause food contamination. Food safety laws have produced another level of Government regulatory ‘tin horn bureaucrats’ as they try to keep food free of Salmonella, etc. Food safety is very important to consumers and is also a concern for Farmers. Any crops found contaminated by another Gov’t agency cannot be sold for public consumption and the producer takes an economic loss. We do not need these agencies increasing our food costs.

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  3. SkippingDog
    SkippingDog 9 April, 2013, 21:52

    It’s not the bird poop that’s being protected, Chris. It’s the ocean, which just happens to be the same local ocean area used by the Scripps Institute of Oceanography for many of their studies that begin with the upwelling currents of the La Jolla Marine Canyon, where all of the bird poop and other urban pollution that would wash off at the same time would quickly settle.

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  4. jimmydeeoc
    jimmydeeoc 10 April, 2013, 09:46

    Dear Doggy:

    All seabird poop ends up in the ocean, if you think about it.

    Seriously……think about it……really hard, if need be.

    The first mistake was allowing the birds to establish on that piece of LaJolla in the first place. This should not be hard to figure out, as the birds are pretty much indifferent as to what real estate they occupy in the first place….tell ’em to clear out. They’ll find someplace else…really they will….

    Now that I think about it…..wasn’t there a big stink about some salt water pools – also in La Jolla – that were taken over by sea lions a while back?

    Yes….I was right.

    Silly liberal environmental whackos……You know it IS possible to be a conservationist and protect the environment…without becoming a slave to it. The stupid people in this stupid state have chosen the latter.

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  5. SkippingDog
    SkippingDog 10 April, 2013, 18:00

    It doesn’t all end up in La Jolla Cove, and it doesn’t all end up there at one time. If you think about it, jimmy, most bird poop probably doesn’t end up in the ocean. It ends up in the soil, where it decomposes into its components and is taken up by trees and other plants as part of the normal carbon cycle.

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  6. SkippingDog
    SkippingDog 10 April, 2013, 18:04

    As to the seals or sea lions at the Children’s Pool, I think you’ll find that the Marine Mammal Protection Act is a federal law that prohibits idiots from messing with marine mammals like whales, dolphins, or even seals and sea lions. Every week or two there’s a new photo or video of some moron hitting, kicking, or throwing things at seals or sea lions at the pool.

    Are you in one of the videos?

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  7. tim
    tim 12 April, 2013, 09:57

    the quickest way to fix this problem. move all California EPA offices to the La Jolla beach area and make sure that all the windows in the building are open

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