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Pismo Beach pollution study could resume soon

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A study into the source of pollution near the Pismo Beach pier could be restarted soon, according to its lead scientist.

State funding for the study of the source of consistently high bacteria levels halted in January, but Cal Poly Professor Chris Kitts said he and a team of students were able to continue to take samples during the winter, using school money for the project.

That was key, he said, because many of the more important samples had to be taken during the winter’s rains. While the sampling has continued, the study hasn’t had any money to conduct planned DNA tests on them.

A $660,000 state grant was halted due to the state’s budget troubles, but Kitts said he was told by water officials that funding may resume “soon.”

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