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Commission will host Back Bay cleanup The California...

June 28, 2003

Commission will host Back Bay cleanup

The California Coastal Commission, in partnership with local

environmentalists, is sponsoring a cleanup of Upper Newport Bay

today.

From 9 a.m. to noon, volunteers will be preparing the soil for a

new batch of native plants.

The commission, Orange County and the state's Department of Fish

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and Game, in cooperation with local environmentalists, have been

removing invasive plants. The Newport Bay Naturalists & Friends have

taken a lead role in the project.

In the past year, volunteers have removed 21,000 pounds of these

plants, replacing them with more than 600 native species.

Volunteers will meet at the Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive

Center, at 2301 University Drive.

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