urban-runoff to the list of water fees that could be imposed without
a vote and could generate millions of dollars to pay for cleanup
His colleague, Assemblyman Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana), has proposed
creating an umbrella agency similar to the Santa Monica Mountains
Conservancy as a means to set aside land for open space and parks.
The bill has the backing of Harman and Costa Mesa Assemblyman Ken
Maddox, though local officials--including the Board of
Supervisors--are balking about loss of local control. It is a plan
that deserves support and the effort of all to find a solution to the
Newport Beach is intent on cleaning up a concrete drain along
Coast Highway and Seashore Drive that dumps a "bacteria stew" into
the river, an obvious step that should have quick, clear benefits
along the river and Newport's beaches.
And across the river, Huntington Beach officials this summer will
receive specific plans to handle urban runoff that includes a
detailed map, drawn with a global positioning satellite, of the 1,700
catch basins in the city.
All of these efforts come on top of $424 million in work completed
by the Army Corps of Engineers two years ago that helped reduce the
number of people in the river's flood plain. If all goes well, the
Army Corps will return next year to dredge the river near the Adams
Obviously, it is not easy or cheap to clean up the river. And
there is an understandable amount of complaining that Newport and
Huntington officials are having to carry the weight of the work and
the brunt of the cost. But it is the "downriver" people, those
fortunate to live near where the river meets the sea, who benefit
most from clean water and clean shorelines.
Having both is worth the effort and the cost.