The city Board of Public Works on Wednesday approved the purchase of a $3.5-million research boat to monitor the release of waste water from the Hyperion sewage treatment plant into the Santa Monica Bay.
The 85-foot boat will replace a 1950s vessel with a hull that makes it too unstable to do water testing in choppy seas, said Harry Sizemore, assistant director of the city's Bureau of Sanitation. The new boat will enable city marine biologists to work in choppy seas, Sizemore said.
City experts go out about 300 days a year to monitor water quality and clarity, marine life and the chemicals in the sediment on the ocean floor.
The new boat will be built at a cost of $3.5 million by Knight & Carver Custom Yachts of San Diego and should be ready for use by September, 1989, Sizemore said.