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Environmental rules make Grand Canal less than grand
Environmental rules make Grand Canal less than grand

Once alive with children playing on the sandy shoreline or leaping headlong into the shimmering water, the Grand Canal is now having trouble living up to its name. Although Balboa Island still radiates charm with its early day cottages, its rival frozen banana stands and its faithful ferry service, the sand has sloughed away along the watery channel that cuts through it, and sediment has washed in to the point that the canal sometimes resembles a mud flat. Here, in the shallow waters, long, green tendrils of eelgrass thrive. "That's our issue," said island resident Mike Buettell, standing atop the Park Avenue bridge and pointing to the tangle of shoots swaying in the...

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