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Business Plan

Reclamation, Depollution Systems
& Hatcheries

P.O. Box 48007
Los Angeles, CA 90048-007
(323) 854-4114

1967, 1968, 1975, 1980
1990, 1993, 1994, 1996
1997, 2002

Jonathan Lange Cope

  1. Overview
  2. Product Firm
  3. Major Users
  4. Geographical Markets
  1. Site Operation
  1. Actual Reclamation Process
  1. Time Line

  1. Organization
  2. Contingency Force

  1. Estimated Funding Required
  1. Probable Sources Of Funds
  1. Features Attractive To Investors
  1. Estimated Rates Of Returns And Schedule
  1. Planned Allocation Of Major Resources





1. Present Layout LL-1

2. Proposed Reclamation LL-2

B. COPE ENTERPRISE. . . . . . . . A division of CE . . . . . . . . Not furnished with this edition

1. Retainer Casing I

2. Top View taken along the line of B-B of Figure III II

3. Cross-section taken along the line A-A of FIG. II III



A. Overview

Purpose: To restore all bodies of water back to their natural unpolluted states in two phases: Phase I) Reclamation and Filtration, and Phase II) Augmentation of restoration using mariculture and aquaculture systems.

Restoration begins with lakes and proceeds in any order with streams, canals, estuaries, bays and intertidal areas. The culmination of reclamation effectuates restoration of all oceans.

Proposal: Begin by reclaiming the lakes of California. As each lake is unique in its existence, each may require a different approach. Regardless, the general treatment will essentially be the same.

Reason For Endeavor: Present-day lakes have in general become too polluted for safe recreation. Most have entered a state whereby all living things within them as well as those that use them are endangered.

B. Product/Firm

Upon returning from active duty in 1966, I witnessed our pristine waterways becoming increasingly polluted. I realized then that I had to undertake a most arduous course in my life. In the summer of 1967 I founded Controlled Ecosystems (CE) (then called Controlled Ocean Product Ecosystems - COPE Enterprise), began my research and invention of filtration and mariculture systems, and started my education in the field of Oceanography to lend credence to and validate my work. It is my manifest destiny to see that all of my time and effort bring this dream to a fruition of reality. Although established as the parent company, COPE Enterprise currently operates as a division of CE and will be the exclusive dealer for the mariculture system I have designed.

C. Major Users

The general public, Parks & Recreation and Fish & Game Departments have the most to gain from reclamations, especially in general quality of water, arability of surrounding lands and tourism. Companies and agencies may also adapt the filtration systems for use to comply with government guidelines, restraints and cleanup policies.

D. Geographical Markets

The master plan is worldwide in scope but the initial target area and home base will be California.



Obviously the time for this project is overly ripe. The public has long been tuned in to the immediate need of such an undertaking and the outcry is very loud. The government's response historically has been complacent although the present administration seems to be more ecologically concerned than prior administrations. On October 29, 1993 I received a response letter from Vice President Al Gore directing me to the Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance which lists grant monies. When I first ordered this catalogue more than two decades ago it listed over $500 billion in grants potentially available to a company fitting the description of CE. It is time to access these funds for the greater good. I have attempted to coordinate with the Monterey Institute of International Studies (MIIS) to apply for these grants, however I do not have the funds to proceed.

A. The competitive advantage for my company is that to my knowledge I know of no one in the world reclaiming lakes this extensively and effectively. The initial support for Operation Clean Lakes is very strong. The Lodi City Council and community, National Grant Services, State Water Resource Control Board, EPA, Lodi Parks & Recreation Department, U.S. Department of Fish & Game, East Bay MUD (East Bay Municipal Utility District), WID (Woodbridge Irrigation District) and MIIS are all excited about the prospect of seeing the Lake Lodi project transpire. I have the specialized and extensive academic education as well as the electrical, mechanical and construction skills to bring this project together and orchestrate a competent, speedy and successful reclamation for a minimal cost.

B. Thousands of species are lost every year as more and more lakes die. The public is begging for responsible and organized action to not only to protect but also to revive these essential resources.

C. Once the equipment for completing this task is amassed and used on the first lake, a formidable force will have been unleashed. If even only one lake a month were to be reclaimed, it would virtually negate the need for any other company to compete. The initial production of the equipment may be duplicated or franchised so as to create sister contingency forces for beginning reclamation in other states and countries.


A. Site Operation

There is an option to purchase a manufacturing plant on a ten-acre parcel. This company has the capacity to create, fabricate and produce all of the tanks, machinery and equipment needed in any reclamation process discussed in this proposal or within the scope of CE and the COPE division. Located centrally in the state of California and within a few miles of the lake targeted for the first reclamation, the manufacturing site is large enough to house and park all of the equipment and machinery necessary. The ease of initiating subsequent reclamation projects will make this site an excellent focal point for Operation Clean Lakes.


B. Actual Reclamation Process

First Example or Target Lake: Over the last decades Lake Lodi has decayed to a state in which it is at times not safe for swimming, mainly due to pollutants, toxins and bacteria. The odors of the lake during drought years are quite foul, and the remaining fauna and flora become extremely endangered.

History: Lake Lodi is drained annually for approximately four months, leaving only a small amount of water in the bottom of the lake. The drainage results when the Woodbridge Irrigation District removes flash boards from the Woodbridge Dam on the Mokolumne River in order to lower the Woodbridge Reservoir. The public is deprived of enjoyment of Lake Lodi and its facilities during this time, as well as intermittently throughout the remainder of the drought years due to polluted conditions.

Procedure: The project at hand is to self-contain the lake from the Mokolumne River which feeds it, and then to restore the environment of the lake. In April 1974 the Spink Corporation performed a Feasibility Report for the Modification of Lodi Lake. This report assessed methods of modifying Lodi Lake to a facility capable of storing water throughout the year. This would enable the extension and enhancement of recreational use through the winter period. The program of reclamation developed by CE will bring to a reality this plan and others like it around the world.

Steps In Reclamation Method of Lodi Lake:

1. There are several access points connecting the river to the lake. These are to be closed by channel locks, causeways or blockage. Note: Billing quotes for these closures compiled by Baumbach & Piazza Civil Engineers (11/24/82).

2. The storm drains are to be diverted to the Mokolumne River. Note: Billing quote to relocate storm drain by Baumbach & Piazza Civil Engineers (11/24/82).

3. All flora and fauna will be transferred to specially designed holding tanks where harmful parasites can be removed. There they will be detoxified and contained in maximal conditions for growth and reproduction.

4. The lake will be pumped dry.

5. The sides of the lake will be cleaned by scraping and sand blasting.

6. The bottom of the lake will be excavated and allowed to percolate. Note: J. H. Kleinfelder & Associates report (3/19/82). Their findings from bore holes in the bottom of Lodi Lake indicate that the type of soils exposed after scraping off lake bottom material would consist of clayey and sandy silt soils. Typically these soils have permeability rates that are low for the intended purpose of recharging the groundwater table through surface percolation at the lake bottom interface. CE recommends that a layer of sand be put down at the beach area. All habitats can then be replaced, enhanced and augmented where necessary to maximize floral and faunal revival and reproduction.


7. Photo voltaic and/or wind-driven generators can be installed to supplement city power for operating pumps and filtration units.

8. The projected method of refilling and keeping the lake full throughout the year is to place a manual float on the lake surface and fasten it to a rig. A microswitch will detect when the water level drops. When this occurs a water pump will be activated and water will be pumped into the lake from a water well which most feasibly should be drilled on the south or west bank. Note: Quote for pumping facility from Baumbach & Piazza Civil Engineers (11/24/82). An alternative supported by the East Bay MUD and the U.S. Fish & Game Department is to filter water into the lake from the river. The Woodbridge Irrigation District which oversees Riparian rights has dismissed any problems with taking water from the Mokolumne River for replenishment of water in the lake. At this time, however, several complications seem to indicate that this may not be either the least costly or expeditious solution. Most significantly there is concern on the part of Lodi City Council and community over operating and maintenance (O&M) costs and cost for proper disposal or rendering of filtered pollutants non toxic.

9. Finally, all flora and fauna will be reintroduced to the lake and the U.S. Wildlife and Fish & Game Department can stock with additional flora and fauna. Fish ladders can be constructed at the North-West river-lake causeway interface for ingress and egress of fish, if desired.

10. There is a pond at the northwest end of the lake that should be used as a breeding area for frogs, crayfish and minnows. These organisms would provide an important staple food supplement for the lake's fauna, waterfowl and mammals.

Source Material And Dump Site: Ideally a plot of land will be purchased in the foothills just to the east of the project, in the Clements, Lake Comanche, Highway 88 area. This land consists predominantly of red clay and would provide excellent sealant for lake bottoms. Optimally, an approximate one foot thick layer of clay removed from the plot would be placed on any non percolating ground water lake bottom after the removal of the sediment. The above mentioned foothill region is arid, receiving the sunlight and aeration essential for photoactive decomposition of many pollutants. The soil is thus detoxified in large part by monthly tilling until over time it is rendered fertilizer. Even in less arid conditions, such as on the manufacturing plant site, lake sediment could be spread down and scientifically monitored for photoactive degeneration.

C. Time Line

I calculate that if everything is in place the total reclamation process should take no more than 21 days, with work hours being from 6 AM to 9 PM daily.



A. Organization

Efficient management of crews is essential for a successful and rapid reclamation process. Ideally, a full-time team of qualified employees would be hired to perform all operations. More realistically, however, most of the work force is likely to consist of individuals from the general public who are more than happy to help by donating their time, energy, equipment and money. It is therefore imperative that management be consistent and effective in professionally guiding all phases of each project. A backbone crew of experienced full-time employees will be especially critical during the initial stages of equipment fabrication and setup. The core force should require at the most twenty to thirty persons.

B. Contingency Force

The amount of time donated by individuals will cause the work force to vary in size and expertise. Properly managed, however, such a contingency force will be invaluable.


A. Estimated Funding Required

1. Purchase and setup of the manufacturing company will require approximately $375,000.

2. Eighteen-wheelers, flatbed, compartment trailers and associated equipment will be gifted, purchased and/or rented.

Projected Truck Requirements: a) 60 trucks and 120 flatbed or flatbed-tilt trailers (or 60 doubles) . b) 20 trucks and 40 compartment trailers (or 20 doubles). c) 20 sand/gravel/dirt dump trucks.

3. Heavy duty equipment, hoppers and conveyor belt systems will be fabricated, purchased and/or rented asneeded.

Projected Heavy Equipment Requirements: a) 4 D-8's or larger (depending on availability), 8 caterpillars, 4 back-hoes and 2 graders. b) 6 hoppers and conveyor belt systems. c) 2 pavement/concrete cutters, and an assortment of jack hammers and hand held equipment.

4. Materials for constructing tanks, filtration systems, towers, diversion lines and equipment will ideally be donated but most likely be ordered by the manufacturing company. All fabrications will be either performed on site, at the manufacturing company or subcontracted out.


B. Probable Sources Of Funds

I am looking forward to seeing much of the needed capital, equipment and materials being gifted to this initial project during a series of telethons. I am also hopeful that some individuals and companies will offer the use of equipment as gifts. All other capital will need to be contributed from local, state or federal funding and grants and possibly raised in part through IPO stock offerings.

C. Features Attractive to Investors

1. Subsequent to this first successful reclamation project, the company may hire itself out on a for- profit basis to a city, state, country or even private landholders.

2. The COPE division (Mariculture Systems) projects the production and marketing of seafood products for profit as well as replenishment of coastal depletions and filtration of coastal waters.

3. Any division company of aquaculture systems will also bring revenues.

4. There is currently no actual or projected competition for a reclamation company such as Controlled Ecosystems.

5. Demand is worldwide and immediate.

D. Estimated Rates Of Returns And Schedule

To my knowledge there is no other reclamation company of this scope and directive that has ever been structured. It is at this point essentially impossible to accurately ascertain a future profit margin or to establish a schedule of returns. Following the initial reclamation experience, however, projects can be undertaken on the basis of more specific projections for cost-effectiveness and profit.

E. Planned Allocation Of Major Resources

As discussed above, it is hoped that much of the contingency work force, capital, equipment and materials will be gifted to this pilot reclamation project as the result of one or a series of fund-raising telethons. An alternative is that some individual or corporation will pick up this project partially or in totality.

VI. COPE ENTERPRISE The copyright, patent abstract, summary, illustrations, glossary and bibliography for the COPE division have been completed. These items as well as the manuscript describing the COPE division should be available shortly after the CE executive business plan is released.


Published by Jonathan Lange Cope



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