The county plans to begin a water quality improvement project at Mothers Beach in Marina del Rey Monday, August 1st.

Two water circulators, which are huge fiberglass propellers, will be installed below the surface of the water in an effort to improve stagnant and uncirculated water that county officials say leads to high bacteria counts.

The water at Mothers Beach is often stagnant and uncirculated because there is no tidal action in this remote area of the Marina.

The large blades of the circulators are enclosed in cages and county officials say they will cause no danger to the public or aquatic species in the area.

The increasing mixing of the water by these circulators will expose contaminants to sunlight, resulting in a reduction of harmful bacteria in the water, according to Supervisor Don Knabe.

“The water quality at our beaches throughout the county is very important to me,” Knabe said.

“This project will improve the water quality at Mothers Beach and give both residents and visitors access to a safe and quality beach in Marina del Rey.”

The project will be funded by the County Department of Beaches and Harbors and a grant from the State Water Resources Control Board.

The project is expected to be completed in January.

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