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Upper Newport Bay doesn't meet standards

June 18, 2007

Several local streams and the Upper Newport Bay didn't meet water quality standards during a recent day of testing around the county, according to data from water quality watchdog Orange County Coastkeeper.

The group recently issued results from a May 5 event, when volunteers and water quality experts collected samples from 31 spots along the Orange County Coast and its feeder streams, including several in Costa Mesa, Newport Beach and Huntington Beach.

The Upper Newport Bay also had problematic levels of dissolved oxygen and one kind of bacteria.

The monitoring day was the fifth annual event of its kind. Orange County Coastkeeper officials recommended follow-up in some areas and continued efforts to solve the ongoing bacteria problem in many of Orange County's waterways. To view the report visit www.coastkeeper.org and click on California Snapshot Day.

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— Alicia Robinson

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