In January 2019, UCSB’s Dr. David Valentine revealed a shocking and unexpected discovery off Catalina Island and Los Angeles… hundreds of ruptured waste barrels and abundant DDT 3,000 feet below the water’s surface. That finding, along with the realization that the toxic chemical may be causing cancer in sea lions and getting into the human food chain, has led to a massive seafloor mapping exercise to discover the extent of the problem. Numerous newspapers have covered the situation, including the LA Times.
Now, the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum (SBMM) is proud to present “Found…A DDT Dumping Ground near LA and Catalina!” a free Zoom webinar with Dr. David Valentine, the Norris Presidential Chair in Earth Science of the University of California-Santa Barbara, speaking about his discovery, research, and the issues affecting the Channel.This presentation will take place on Thursday, October 21 at 7pm PDT. The webinar is free, but registration is required, and donations are welcome.