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Eelgrass a boon to the ecology, a bane to boaters

Dec 18, 2010 3:00:00 AM - latimes.com
The ribbon-like weed provides sea creatures with food and protection. But many Newport Harbor-area residents consider it a headache. Newport Beach says an experimental technology can help preserve the grass at a fraction of the current cost.

To some swimmers and boaters it's a messy, gunk-filled weed, but to the federal government, this ribbon-like plant is crucial to the ecology of coastal bays.