December 5, 2009
In South Orange County’s native coastal sage and oak woodland environment, the rivers and streams serve as the fount of life for a thriving biodiversity hot spot. These same valleys and gently rolling hills have also proven superb human habitat. After 45 years of growth and development, the streams have often been reduced to toxic drainage ditches that foul our world-class beaches and waves and have turned Aliso Beach and Doheny State Beach into notorious dangers to human and aquatic health, affecting tourism, fisheries and quality of life for our outdoor-loving sun-seekers.
August 20, 2001
Ahoy. The other day I was in Oceanside having lunch with Pete Gray, the famous radio personality who co-hosts the "Let's Talk Hook Up" fishing talk show, and I told him about the marlin I saw jumping a few miles off Catalina Island that I mentioned in last week's column. Pete mentioned that all the indicators are pointing to an excellent season even a bit early in our local waters, and other species are here. In 1993, Pete started "Let's Talk Hook Up," which is now one of the most popular live call-in fishing radio shows in Southern California.
November 21, 2001
Lolita Harper COSTA MESA -- The city joined the ranks of neighboring coastal cities by adopting a resolution Monday that opposes the dumping of partially treated sewage by the county. The City Council followed in the footsteps of Newport Beach, Seal Beach and Huntington Beach to send a message to the Orange County Sanitation Department not to apply for a waiver that allows for the disposal of sewage that doesn't meet the full requirements of the Federal Clean Water Act. The technical language of the resolution calls for "full secondary treatment," a process that activates good bacteria to help combat disease-causing microorganisms.
August 13, 2002
Paul Clinton The Orange County Sanitation District began bleaching its waste water Monday as a controversial first-step effort to clean up millions of gallons of daily discharge off the city's shores. "Chlorine bleach and the de-chlorination chemical are being used as a short-term option to reduce bacteria," said Lisa Murphy, the district's spokeswoman. "The community called out for an immediate improvement to the quality of the [waste water]. This is the sanitation district's answer to that call."
September 19, 2002
There exists no sanitary victory to celebrate yet I am baffled at the suggestion that "Environmental victories should be celebrated" (Editorial, Aug. 22) when you consider what has transpired: 1. The Orange County Sanitation District directors' vote was only 13 to 12 This was not a unanimous victory, it barely passed. 2. The district has broken the Clean Water Act law for 30 years using a waiver. Why did they need to be forced just to comply with the law when virtually every other sanitation plant in the country has already done so?
August 29, 2001
Paul Clinton NEWPORT BEACH -- City officials expect to join other coastal cities next month in a drive to hamper the Orange County Sanitation District's ability to dump treated sewage into the ocean. On Tuesday, Councilman Tod Ridgeway vowed to work to end a federal waiver allowing the district to discharge sewage that doesn't meet Clean Water Act standards. The district pumps 243 million gallons of partially treated sewage into the Pacific each day from an "outfall" pipe on the ocean floor.
September 6, 2001
Paul Clinton COSTA MESA -- Environmentalists took their case to the top Tuesday night, when they began lobbying the City Council to fight the county sanitation district's ability to dump treated sewage into the ocean. Members of Surfrider and the Ocean Outfall Group made their case for council members to join other groups fighting to end a special waiver given to the Orange County Sanitation District. Since the mid-1980s, the Environmental Protection Agency has granted the district a special exemption from the Clean Water Act. The district pumps 243 million gallons of sewage treated to the level of "full primary" status each day into the Pacific Ocean from a pipe on the ocean floor.
June 30, 2002
First I would like to commend and thank the city staffers and City Manager Homer Bludau for their efforts to continue a long-standing tradition of having the Fourth of July fireworks display at the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort ("City fireworks attempts fail to sparkle," Tuesday). Those of us who live here in Newport and the many visitors who have enjoyed the show over the years are deeply disappointed, especially in these times when the celebration of our freedoms and independence have a profound significance.
March 18, 2001
I want to clarify several points raised in your article ("Some environmentalists see red over new runoff agreement," March 10), which, in our opinion, left your readers with the wrong impression of the CoastKeeper's involvement with the Crystal Cove development and a two-year effort to protect the waters off Crystal Cove that concluded last week in the signing of a settlement agreement with The Irvine Co. Since its...
July 21, 2002
COSTA MESA Paying up at Ikea Tangible proof of the looming Home Ranch project was evident last week as city coffers received a large boost and the Ikea furniture store got the official go-ahead to build on the 93-acre project site. C.J. Segerstrom & Sons officials, who represent the dynasty family that owns the former lima bean farm just north of the San Diego Freeway, forked over more than $10 million as the first installment of the project's development agreement.