Environment: Saving the West

Three out of four Americans live in the nation's seaboard regions. By the end of the century, millions more will be drawn to the coastline, especially to the relatively unspoiled Pacific littoral. From San Diego's golden beaches to Bellingham's chilly inlets, home builders and industries want shoreline property. Can the coastline survive the pressures of pollution and development? TIME Correspondent Sandra Burton toured California, Washington and Oregon to find the answer. Her report:

One hears few poetic descriptions of the Pacific's grandeur these days—only dry statistics: permissible concentrations of pesticides, inventories of...

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