July 13, 2000
Alex Coolman A discharge of water from a hillside development onto the sands of Crystal Cove State Park disrupted production of a movie Wednesday morning and renewed concerns among the environmentalists who work to protect the area. Just before 8 a.m., an undetermined amount of water flooded onto the beach from a culvert just south of the Los Trancos Canyon outlet, said Rich Elbaum, a spokesman for the Irvine Co. The water was runoff from street cleaning at one of the Crystal Cove home developments being created by an Irvine Co. subcontractor.
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."
July 6, 2002
Deirdre Newman NEWPORT BEACH -- As swimmers and surfers flock to the city this summer, city officials will get $500,000 to use to reduce the number of beach closures. On Thursday, Gov. Gray Davis announced that the city will receive the funds for Upper Newport Bay and Newport Harbor as part of his Clean Beaches Initiative. "California beaches are one of nature's priceless blessings," Davis said in a press release. "Love of our magnificent coastline is something that all Californians share.
July 31, 2008
Ahoy, It is the middle of summer, so I am receiving numerous requests for my weekend weather predications. I find it interesting that the requests are from not only boaters, but also those who will be staying ashore either working on their houses or going to an outdoor activity. Well, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has issued a hazardous weather outlook with two warnings. First, those going the beach should be aware of the high rip-current risk due to the south swell’s long interval period between swells at our local beaches.
November 17, 2004
Andrew Edwards After six decades of volunteer work, Newport Beach's Earl Fusselman still takes time to help out. Fusselman, 87, is a longtime member of the Rotary Club -- he joined the organization in 1944 after his discharge from the Army -- and is also a volunteer with the Newport Beach Police Department. "What can you say about a guy like that?" Rotarian Frank F. Mead III said. "He just keeps going forever." Fusselman served in the Army for four years and rose to the rank of captain.
October 12, 2004
Alicia Robinson A temporary inconvenience to drivers on Coast Highway by Crystal Cove State Park is expected to result in long-term benefits to the environment. Caltrans has narrowed Coast Highway by one lane between Los Trancos and Muddy creeks to construct swales that will filter storm water before it is discharged into drainage facilities, Caltrans spokeswoman Pam Gorniak said. The $1.8-million project began in September and will be finished in February 2005.
February 22, 2005
Andrew Edwards Stormy weather and a boat running aground are expected to delay completion of the Santa Ana River dredging project by about one month, Newport Beach officials said Monday. "With all the storm action it's certainly not on schedule," Newport Beach Councilman Steve Rosansky said. "It's been one thing after another." Work on the $5-million dredging project, which is being overseen by the Army Corps of Engineers, started in November, and crews were initially assigned to work nonstop.
June 18, 2005
Marisa O'Neil Things get a little loud and a little messy here on Independence Day, to say the least. And with people setting off illegal -- and even safe and sane -- fireworks, they can also get pretty dangerous, firefighters warned on Friday. Sales of safe and sane fireworks in Costa Mesa start July 1 and run through July 4. The safe and sane variety are legal to discharge in the city only between 4 and 10 p.m. on Independence Day. Costa Mesa firefighters just want residents to use them carefully.
June 10, 2003
June Casagrande The long-empty San Joaquin Reservoir will soon be filled with reclaimed water, officials said. The City Council will get an update today from the Irvine Ranch Water District on plans to use the reservoir to store reclaimed water. "One of the big concerns is that, compared to a blue water view, this is pretty poor looking," said Councilman John Heffernan, who requested an update on the district's plan. In summer 2000, the Irvine Ranch Water District proposed using the reservoir, empty since the early 1990s, to store its surplus reclaimed water during the wet winter months, when demand is low. The district sells reclaimed water, which is treated wastewater, for irrigation.
January 20, 2002
It was no real surprise that environmentalist Bob Caustin's uncanny string of legal victories against developers, cities and water districts continued earlier this month. After all, he has made a career of being David to a host of Goliaths. His latest victory against the Irvine Co. and the city of Irvine stops a 630-acre industrial development southeast of Jeffrey Road and north of the Santa Ana Freeway. That may seem a far distance from Newport-Mesa and our waters but, in truth, it isn't -- and that is precisely the reason we should all be thankful for Caustin, who founded Defend the Bay to help protect the Upper Newport Bay. It is easy to see small, direct spills or sewage leaks, but difficult to track more insidious contamination of our precious waters.