Seventeen million gallons of untreated sewage spilled from the Hyperion Water Reclamation Plant into Santa Monica Bay in July, prompting the closure of several beaches and some UCLA researchers to take action. (Noah Danesh/Daily Bruin)

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Rebecca Shipe in the Daily Bruin: UCLA researchers to study effects of wastewater spill in Santa Monica Bay

UCLA researchers tested water for environmental hazards affecting ocean life following a recent sewage spill in the Santa Monica bay. The 17 million gallons of sewage spewed from the emergency-use pipe is only a small fraction of the treated wastewater that is normally released into the ocean, said Rebecca Shipe, an adjunct associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology.