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March 28, 2001
Paul Clinton CRYSTAL COVE -- The state water board has endorsed a decision by its regional counterpart that holds the state's transportation department liable for storm-water runoff into the cove. The Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board's statements came Tuesday in a preliminary report circulated in advance of an April 4 hearing on the validity of the California Department of Transportation's appeal of a cleanup order. Caltrans had appealed the regional water board's Nov. 16 cease-and-desist order that set a two-year timeline for cleaning up runoff into Crystal Cove.
NEWS
November 17, 2000
Alex Coolman A regional water board slapped a cease-and-desist order on the Irvine Co. and two state agencies Thursday, demanding they stop discharges of urban runoff at Crystal Cove State Park Beach. The Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board voted unanimously to pass the order, sounding a decisive note in an environmental argument that has been lengthy and confusing. "The words [of the relevant law] are clear from our point of view," said Ted Cobb, a lawyer for the board.
NEWS
June 6, 2002
Paul Clinton NEWPORT BEACH -- Regional water-quality regulators last week extended three studies they hope will pinpoint the cause of bacterial contamination found in a plume of sewage off the city's coastline. On Friday, the Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board gave a green light to the studies that could fill the void that a previous $5.1-million study left for the district. The water board unanimously approved the studies to map the patterns of ocean currents, create scientific models to examine the plume and compare the district's waste discharges with data from Ventura and Los Angeles counties.
NEWS
January 20, 2005
Andrew Edwards More than one-third of a fine assessed against the Orange County Sanitation District will go toward a program to monitor ocean currents, if the agency gets its way. The sanitation district wants to contribute $60,000 from the $160,000 levy to the Southern California Coastal Ocean Observing System, a high-tech effort to monitor ocean currents from San Diego to Point Conception, said Bob Ghirelli, the...
NEWS
October 30, 2004
Alicia Robinson Boaters in Newport Harbor might get more places to dump waste from their vessels, but not all marina operators think new pump-out stations are needed. Seven marinas and anchorages in Newport Beach and five in Huntington Harbour may have to install new stations to pump out or dump waste from boats, if a state water board agrees with a 2003 order of the Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board, calling for additional stations.
NEWS
January 14, 2003
June Casagrande City leaders are continuing the push to keep potentially poisonous levels of the element selenium out of local waters. The Coastal/Bay Water Quality Citizens Advisory Committee last week heard a presentation on the agent and the hazards it poses to the local environment. "What we can do is continue to stress to the regional water quality board that if this water is pumped into the San Diego Creek, it will damage the habitat of the bay, and they should consider other places to pump it -- like into a sewer line rather than the storm water system," Assistant City Manager Dave Kiff said.
NEWS
December 14, 2004
Alicia Robinson The Orange County Sanitation District faces a $160,000 penalty for spilling nearly 1.6 million gallons of treated wastewater from a Huntington Beach pump station into the Santa Ana River on Labor Day weekend. Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board staff members recommended the penalty Monday, but board members have the option of reducing or eliminating the penalty if the sanitation district requests a hearing. "In this case, although this is probably a unique incident [and]
NEWS
October 20, 2000
The Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board announced this week that it will rule on the possibility of issuing a cease-and-desist order against the Irvine Co.'s dumping of water at Crystal Cove State Park. The water board will consider the question at its Nov. 16 meeting. State water officials are trying to determine if it is illegal to discharge water at environmentally sensitive areas like Crystal Cove. The state's decision could theoretically preempt the regional board's threatened action of enforcement.
NEWS
November 19, 2004
Alicia Robinson More public stations to pump waste from boats will be installed in Newport Beach and Huntington Harbour, a state water board decided Thursday. The roughly 13,000 boats in Newport Bay and Huntington Harbour already can use public pump-out stations in 16 locations, but a study by the Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board showed those stations often break down or are not always accessible. Many boaters dump sewage at sea, which is legal, but federal law prohibits discharging waste in the harbors.
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NEWS
December 24, 2013
The Orange County Water District Board of Directors has re-elected its officers for 2014, according to a statement. Shawn Dewane, Cathy Green and Roger Yoh will carry on their duties as president, first vice president and second vice president, respectively, for the new year. "In 2013 we celebrated important milestones, such as the district's 80th anniversary and the fifth anniversary of the Groundwater Water Replenishment System (GWRS)," Dewane, who is serving his second year as president, said in the statement.
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NEWS
By Bradley Zint | December 13, 2013
Mesa Water District board members Thursday approved a series of rate increases, contending that the extra revenue will be needed as district expenses continue to rise and capital improvement projects costing millions take shape. The board voted 4 to 1 in favor of the 15% increase, which will be phased in over five years. The increases start on July 1, with subsequent hikes scheduled for each January from 2015 through 2018. Director James Atkinson dissented, saying he believes that the higher rates, while needed, should be spread out over a period longer than five years.
NEWS
By Howard Hull | April 9, 2013
Re. "Commentary: What is Mesa Water up to?" (March 27): This wink-and-nod commentary lacks logic and legitimacy. First, the writer, Jay B. Litvak, opens with negative comments about the Costa Mesa City Council, pink slips, union battles and a city employee jumping from the roof. I fail to see how his dredging up of these activities has anything to do with the Mesa Water District. My concern is that Litvak has other personal reasons for writing his letter, which is full of innuendo and half-truths, including where he thinks Mesa Water may be going.
NEWS
By Alan Blank and Brianna Bailey | August 26, 2009
Costa Mesa Planning Commissioner Jim Fisler has resigned his seat on the commission to join the Mesa Consolidated Water District Board of Directors. He will replace former board member Paul Shoenberger, who resigned his post to become the district’s general manager. Fisler, a Realtor by trade, will attend his first water board meeting Sept. 8. Meanwhile, the city will have to replace him on the Planning Commission. Fisler was first appointed to the Planning Commission by the City Council in 2004 after serving two years on the Parks and Recreation Commission.
NEWS
By: | August 5, 2005
Business owner named to local water board The Mesa Consolidated Water District announced in a statement Tuesday that Shawn Dewane has been appointed to the district's board of directors. The board chose Dewayne at its July 27 meeting after interviewing eight candidates. Dewayne owns a Newport Beach branch office of Raymond James Financial Services, a company with services that include retirement planning. He is also a former member of the Assn. of California Water Agencies.
NEWS
By: Andrew Edwards | July 27, 2005
New rules could be on the way for local boaters. Environmental regulators are in the early stages of a process that could restrict paints used by most mariners. Regulators with the Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board are looking for a contractor to study how much metal has found its way into the waters of Newport Harbor, water board spokesman Kurt Berchtold said. If the board finds a need to reduce copper levels in the harbor, mariners may need to find a new way to paint their boats.
NEWS
January 20, 2005
Andrew Edwards More than one-third of a fine assessed against the Orange County Sanitation District will go toward a program to monitor ocean currents, if the agency gets its way. The sanitation district wants to contribute $60,000 from the $160,000 levy to the Southern California Coastal Ocean Observing System, a high-tech effort to monitor ocean currents from San Diego to Point Conception, said Bob Ghirelli, the...
NEWS
December 14, 2004
Alicia Robinson The Orange County Sanitation District faces a $160,000 penalty for spilling nearly 1.6 million gallons of treated wastewater from a Huntington Beach pump station into the Santa Ana River on Labor Day weekend. Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board staff members recommended the penalty Monday, but board members have the option of reducing or eliminating the penalty if the sanitation district requests a hearing. "In this case, although this is probably a unique incident [and]
NEWS
November 19, 2004
Alicia Robinson More public stations to pump waste from boats will be installed in Newport Beach and Huntington Harbour, a state water board decided Thursday. The roughly 13,000 boats in Newport Bay and Huntington Harbour already can use public pump-out stations in 16 locations, but a study by the Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board showed those stations often break down or are not always accessible. Many boaters dump sewage at sea, which is legal, but federal law prohibits discharging waste in the harbors.
NEWS
October 30, 2004
Alicia Robinson Boaters in Newport Harbor might get more places to dump waste from their vessels, but not all marina operators think new pump-out stations are needed. Seven marinas and anchorages in Newport Beach and five in Huntington Harbour may have to install new stations to pump out or dump waste from boats, if a state water board agrees with a 2003 order of the Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board, calling for additional stations.
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