A matter of days after a preliminary report from the United States Geological Survey (USGS) suggested that high concentrations of fecal bacteria in and around East Beach and Mission Creek may be partly attributed to leaks in a nearby sewer main, the City of Santa Barbara announced plans to pull up the pipe in question and line it with plastic. According to Rebecca Bjork – the city’s wastewater system guru – the nearly 50-year-old main has been known to have “small drips” during heavy rain, making it more than deserving of a new plastic inside. The upgrade of the main – which is located under a parking lot adjacent to Skater’s Point – is tentatively scheduled for

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