July 6, 2010
"Discover Orange County" has become quite popular for its detailed take on the region, whether it's the old cottages at Crystal Cove State Park, tracking where your trash goes from the garbage can to the dump, or checking out Old Town Orange. Now comes another program. Only this time it's going to give viewers a sneak peek into the Upper Newport Bay and introduce them to all sorts of wildlife that live there — from the flora and fauna to migratory birds. Called "Upper Newport Bay," the segment will premiere at noon Sunday and again at 9 a.m. Tuesday on KOCE-TV, the PBS station that airs from Ventura to San Clemente to Palm Springs.
May 1, 2007
UPPER NEWPORT BAY — They came to make a better home for the wildlife. As a pair of ospreys tended their three new chicks up the road on Shellmaker Island, about 100 volunteers pitched in just down Bayside Drive to help remove invasive plant species from the hills that overlook the bay Saturday in an attempt to revive native plants in the area. The Roots program enlisted the help of the volunteers to remove sprawling black mustard plants that popped up after last week's rain.
June 24, 2008
With no significant federal or city funding on the horizon, the future of a city plan to begin cleaning Newport Harbor is murky at best, and money to complete dredging in Upper Newport Bay could run dry as early as August. Despite talk of budgeting $2 million to $4 million in city money as matching funding to spark a federal clean up of the lower part of Newport Bay, no money is slated in next year’s budget for the plan. The Newport Beach City Council will instead look at passing a resolution at its meeting tonight to provide an undetermined amount of funding for the project in “any fiscal year.
September 23, 2010
Newport Beach City Manager Dave Kiff has requested an extension of the deadline that requires him to move into the city limits. Part of Kiff's August 2009 employment contract stipulates that he had to make his "best efforts" to move into the city within 12 months. Even though that contract provision is considered unconstitutional, Kiff has agreed to move from Laguna Beach to Newport Beach and is remodeling a home near the west bluff of Upper Newport Bay. The remodel is taking longer than expected, Kiff said, so he has requested an extension until Dec. 31, according to a city report.
October 3, 2001
Paul Clinton The Orange County Board of Supervisors set the ball rolling on the $32.4-million dredging project for Upper Newport Bay. The board approved the start of design and other preparations for the project, set to get underway in 2003. A group of agencies has announced plans to fund the dredging, known as the Upper Newport Bay Ecosystem Restoration Project. More than $21 million is expected to come from federal sources. The county has set aside $400,000 this year to pay for the design work, money that will be refunded by the California Coastal Conservancy via a grant.
July 14, 2000
1. GOT A BETTER MOUSETRAP? Inventive individuals can attend a seminar on how to become an independent inventor at 7:30 p.m. today at Orange Coast College. The seminar costs $15 and will be held in the college's science lecture hall, 2701 Fairview Road, Costa Mesa. Information: (714) 540-2491. 2. INTERNET INSIDERS: Learn new and interesting cyber secrets at a workshop titled "Tools & Tricks: Beginning Internet." The workshop starts at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Newport Beach Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.
May 30, 2002
Nearly 40 fifth-grade photographers turned out to display their work at the Picture Perfect photo essay contest ceremony held last month at Fletcher Jones Motorcars. As part of its 10th anniversary celebration, the Newport Beach dealership sponsored the contest to encourage students to develop an appreciation of nature. All images were taken of the Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve and were enlarged and professionally mounted. "It is amazing to view these dynamic images of the Upper Newport Bay as seen by these very talented youngsters," said Garth Blumenthal, general manager for Fletcher Jones.
September 16, 2008
Back Bay Drive in Newport Beach will be closed from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday for the annual Upper Newport Bay cleanup, authorities said. The 24th annual California Coastal Cleanup Day sponsored by the California Coastal Commission will bring volunteers to the edges of Upper Newport Bay Saturday morning and afternoon to pick up whatever scraps they can to keep the bay clean. Newport Beach’s Back Bay Science Center will coordinate the event. Volunteers will walk the shoreline and area around it with others working from small boats in adjoining waterways, officials said.
January 20, 2010
Dredging in Upper Newport Bay will resume once a series of bad storms passes over the area, city officials said this week. Next week, workers are expected to begin dredging out an area of the Upper Bay near Jamboree Road, using an excavator on a barge to scoop out sediment from the bottom of the bay. The dredging project is slated for completion at the end of 2010, Councilwoman Leslie Daigle said. “Once the excavation restarts, there is a one-year shot clock to completion,” Daigle said.