|IV. ORGANIZATION AND CONTINGENCY
- Contingency Force
|V. FINANCIAL ISSUES
- Estimated Funding Required
- Probable Sources Of Funds
- Features Attractive To Investors
- Estimated Rates Of Returns And Schedule
- Planned Allocation Of Major Resources
Figure A. LODI LAKE
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
I. BUSINESS CONCEPT
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
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.
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
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
D. Geographical Markets
The master plan is worldwide in scope but the initial
target area and home base will be California.
II. OPPORTUNITY AND REASONS FOR EXPECTED SUCCESS
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
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.
III. OPERATIONS TO MEET BUSINESS PLAN REQUIREMENTS
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
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
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
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
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
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.
IV. ORGANIZATION AND CONTINGENCY FORCE
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
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
V. FINANCIAL ISSUES
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
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
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
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
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
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