March 21, 2018

Long Beach's Aquarium of the Pacific wants to draw water from sea

The Aquarium of the Pacific may finally get a direct line to the ocean.

For years the Long Beach attraction has filled its complex of fish tanks and marine habitats with saltwater delivered by tanker truck or barge at a cost of up to $500,000 a year.

Now, the aquarium and the city of Long Beach want to draw water directly from the sea, sucking in 50,000 gallons a day with a pump mounted under a fishing pier at the mouth of the Los Angeles River.

The California Coastal Commission is recommending approval of the aquarium’s new seawater intake system, with the panel