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By Roger Mallett | April 20, 2010
Earth Day, which officially falls Thursday, is a time for all of us to think about how we can protect our planet. There are many ways to do this: recycling, reusing, conserving resources, preventing pollution. Often simple steps are all it takes. We just need to understand what those steps can be. From 10 a.m. till 4 p.m. Sunday, we, the Newport Bay Naturalists and Friends, and our partners at Upper Newport Bay will be holding our 20th annual Earth Day event at the spectacular OC Parks Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center, which overlooks the bay. What better place to celebrate Earth Day than at a facility constructed mainly with recycled materials, such as the nearly 200 tons of spent oil filters used in making the steel bars that reinforce the concrete in the floor, walls and roof.
By Brianna Bailey | April 20, 2010
While residents of the Bluffs neighborhood in Newport Beach claim that the number of noisy jets flying over their homes hasn’t changed since the Federal Aviation Administration introduced a new takeoff procedure at John Wayne Airport, homeowners in the Irvine Terrace area claim they’ve noticed a big difference. Residents from the neighborhood on the east side of Newport Bay, which is bordered by Bayside Drive and Pacific Coast Highway, say that many of the jets taking off from John Wayne now turn east directly over their homes.
By Brianna Bailey | April 15, 2010
Residents from Newport Beach’s Bluffs neighborhood complain that a corrected satellite-guided takeoff procedure for jets from John Wayne Airport doesn’t shift noisy air traffic from over their heads as the Federal Aviation Administration said it would. In theory, the new procedure, called DUUKE TWO, is designed to shift outbound air traffic an eighth of a mile north toward the center of Upper Newport Bay. Bluffs residents say they still hear constant noise from jets that interrupts their phone conversations and drowns out their favorite TV programs.
April 10, 2010
The fix needed fixing. On Thursday, the slightest of changes occurred in the skies above Newport Beach. It was implemented to lessen the din of jets taking off from John Wayne Airport and repair a man-made error from last fall, when new coordinates were plotted for 100 departing flights. As of Thursday, a satellite-based navigation system was guiding flights 300 feet closer toward the centerline of Upper Newport Bay as they flew out of JWA on a 190-degree course. The diversion’s purpose was to reduce jet engine noise that could be heard at ground level.
By Brianna Bailey | March 19, 2010
Plans for a 29,000-square-foot, three-story estate with a dozen fireplaces and commanding views of Upper Newport Bay come with a $95-million price tag. Real estate broker Mark Whitehead believes that if plans for 2182 Mesa Drive materialize, the home would be the largest, and one of the priciest in Orange County. “It’s a very unique property,” Whitehead said. “You can’t get this if you go to Pelican Hills — what you can’t buy in Newport Beach is land.
By Brianna Bailey | March 11, 2010
Newport Beach Councilwoman Leslie Daigle and City Manager Dave Kiff met with members of Congress in Washington, D.C., on Thursday to ask for $6 million in federal appropriations funding to clean up Newport Harbor. “Newport Bay contributes to the wealth of our community,” Daigle said. “It lifts us, our recreation, our economy, our sense of well being. It is the blood of this community, a life force. That is why its maintenance is a priority.” The $6 million would pay for the year of what is expected to be a multi-year, $15-million cleanup project, Daigle said.
By Brianna Bailey | February 26, 2010
The Federal Aviation Administration plans to change a satellite-guided takeoff procedure for some flights from John Wayne Airport. Newport Beach residents had complained that the system was diverting noisy aircraft over the Bluffs neighborhood on the east side of Upper Newport Bay. “It’s a tiny little tweak in the procedure that we hope will eliminate noise concerns for people in the Bluffs neighborhood,” said Ian Gregor,...
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.
January 2, 2010
The high levels of selenium found in the Upper Newport Bay watershed are troubling indeed. State water quality officials earlier this month ordered Orange County, Newport Beach and several other cities, public agencies and private entities whose lands lie upstream from the estuary to pay perhaps hundreds of millions to fix the problem. This natural chemical is an essential nutrient for living species and organisms. But large concentrations can be poisonous to birds, mammals and humans, according to the U.S. Geological Survey’s National Wildlife Health Center.
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