June 27, 2013
About a half mile of beach along Newport Bay, from Bayside Drive Beach to Carnation Cove, is closed to swimmers after a sewage spill, an Orange County Health Care Agency notice said Wednesday. About 500 gallons of sewage overflowed from a blocked city of Newport Beach line, according to an OCHCA news release. Officials will continue to monitor water quality, and the affected areas will reopen once bacterial levels meet acceptable standards, it said. Agency spokesman Larry Honeybourne said Thursday that the earliest the affected areas could reopen would be Friday afternoon.
October 17, 2008
A sewage spill has led Orange County health officials to close a part of the ocean in Newport Beach. The area affected by the 250-gallon spill includes from ?B? dock at Balboa Bay Club down bay to Arbor Drive in Newport Bay. A sewage lift pump failure in a private property owner?s sewer lateral ? a pipe that carries waste from a residence to the sanitary sewer main running in the street ? caused the contamination. Officials will keep the area closed to water activity until they determine it?
January 16, 2001
A 29-foot sloop sunk at its moorings Monday morning in Newport Harbor, prompting the Orange County Sheriff's Harbor Patrol to set out a flotation device to contain a small oil and kerosene spill. The fluids floated on the surface of Newport Bay after the boat sunk about 8:45 a.m. in the "G" mooring area near West Coast Highway at Bay Shore Drive, said Harbor Patrol Sgt. Gary Smith. The cause of the sinking was not immediately known. The boat is scheduled to be raised today by a private salvage company.
January 20, 2001
Paul Clinton NEWPORT BAY -- A nonprofit environmental group has sued the Irvine Ranch Water District to block the agency's plan to convert the San Joaquin Reservoir to a reclaimed water facility. Defend the Bay, based in Newport Beach, filed the lawsuit in Orange County Superior Court on Wednesday alleging that the water district failed to complete adequate environmental review of the project prior to a Dec. 18 approval by its board. The lawsuit asks for a temporary restraining order to halt the project until the agency completes an environmental impact report.
September 28, 2002
UC Irvine won the Southern Sloop Elims on Newport Harbor Friday to advanced to the Sloop Pacific Coast Championships today and Sunday in Newport. UCI skipper Barrett Sprout and crew Jordan Korss and Jon Boyd won the regatta after logging three bullets in four races in three- to six-knot winds inside Newport Bay. USC, finished second and UC San Diego placed third to join the Anteaters at the Sloop PCC's this weekend. The three will battle the Northern qualifiers (Cal, Stanford and Cal Maritime Academy)
January 31, 2009
A barge laden with sand from dredging in Newport Bay sideswiped the landmark Pearson’s Port seafood market underneath Pacific Coast Highway Bridge on Saturday morning, an Orange County Harbor Patrol official said. The barge bent the pilings back on the dock of the little shop, which is a one-room structure at the end of a pier under the bridge, said Sgt. John Hollenbeck of the Orange County Harbor Patrol. The accident, which happened about 8 a.m. Saturday, also knocked everything off the shelves of the shop, Hollenbeck said.
January 28, 2013
A sewage spill closed the North Star Beach in Newport Bay on Monday, according to county health officials. Officials said a line blocked by rags in the Newport Beach sewage collection system caused 1,000 gallons of raw sewage to spill into the Newport Bay area. One possible cause was people flushing cloth rags or non-biodegradable material that could cause a blockage, said Larry Honeybourne of the Orange County Health Care Agency. The city notified health authorities of the spill about 9:45 a.m. Monday, according to an OCHCA report.
February 13, 2004
June Casagrande When it comes to urchins, sea cucumbers and other marine critters, some like it cold, which is why tide pool creatures could get a little hot under the gills at news that the Sharkmobile program won't get a hoped-for $10,000 grant. The Sharkmobile is a free educational program of the Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve Science Center and the California Department of Fish and Game. The program brings marine life straight to the schools to teach students about Southern California's wildlife resources and humans' effect on nature.
January 13, 2005
Chris Cox A recent letter to the editor -- and a column by Daily Pilot Managing Editor S.J. Cahn ("A little lesson in big-time politics," Thursday) -- took me to task for meeting with Muslim constituents in my Newport Beach office, because the subject of the meeting concerned someone from outside my district who lived in Anaheim. It is true there were also Orange Countians from outside my district in the meeting. But to suggest that this means that I am excessively focused on "national issues" because of my powerful position in Congress seems a bit silly.
August 21, 2007
A small sewage spill in Newport Bay led health authorities to close the water to swimming near Adams Street Monday. Grease blocking a private sewer line from Newport Landing caused the spill Sunday of between 5 and 50 gallons of sewage, according to the Orange County Health Care Agency. An area 50 feet in each direction from Adams Street is closed to swimming and diving until bacteria tests show the water meets safety standards, which is usually within two to three days. For more information on sewage spills or water closures, call the health care agency at (714)