March 30, 2002
Paul Clinton CRYSTAL COVE -- Leaders of a state agency concerned with coastal access and open space are anxiously awaiting a possible $5 million to restore the cottages at the state park. In December, members of the California Coastal Conservancy submitted a preliminary application to the State Water Resources Control Board for the funds. The conservancy is trying to tap into a pot of money available via Proposition 13, a statewide water bond that passed in March 2000.
January 8, 2002
Paul Clinton NEWPORT BEACH -- As regional water regulators move to prohibit any future sewage spills caused by grease blockages, the city is readying a program to include more monitoring and regulation. By March, officials at the Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board say they hope to have a new zero-tolerance policy in place for spills. The city has been taking it on the chin from those very same regulators for failing to do enough to prevent spills into Upper Newport Bay. The sticking point, it seems, has been the city's unwillingness to step up requirements on grease-interceptor devices at restaurants.
October 1, 2001
Paul Clinton NEWPORT-MESA -- The local water board's tentative rewrite of the rule book relating to how cities must handle polluted water heading into the county's storm drains has already come under fire. Environmentalists don't think it has enough teeth. Builders say it's too stringent. Coastal cities like Newport Beach worry it doesn't require more. Inland cities say it requires too much. It seems, at least at this point, everyone has a critique to offer.
August 3, 2001
Paul Clinton UPPER NEWPORT BAY -- Water-quality regulators are investigating Caltrans to determine if the agency should be doing a better job of cleaning up urban runoff from the Eastern Toll Road into Upper Newport Bay. The state water board launched the investigation after a South County environmentalist filed a complaint. "The question is really whether Caltrans is responsible for controlling the quality of the runoff to minimize the amount of pollution" flowing into the bay, said Kurt Berchtold, assistant executive officer with the Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board.
July 29, 2001
Running a water district can be a thankless job. People just expect that they will always be able to turn the tap and have good, clean water come out of it. Anything less would probably cause a revolution. So it is with a compliment that we say for some 20 years Karl Kemp, for the most part, ran the Mesa Consolidated Water District without creating many ripples. That's not to say he didn't have his share of rough waves, even some gushers to contend with.
April 27, 2001
Paul Clinton CRYSTAL COVE -- The state water board on Thursday slapped down Caltrans's appeal of a lower board's order to clean up storm-water runoff into the cove. While the California Department of Transportation lost its appeal of the Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board's Nov. 16 cleanup order, the agency was given a one-year extension to implement a plan. The transportation agency had questioned the regional board's claim that rain water flowing from Coast Highway into Crystal Cove was illegal in an appeal filed Dec. 15. The cove, one of 35 "Areas of Special Biological Significance" in the state, falls under rules laid out in the state's 1972 Ocean Plan.
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.
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.
November 1, 2000
Alex Coolman The Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board on Tuesday said it is considering levying more than $10,000 in fines against Standard Pacific Homes, the company that in September spilled a large quantity of muck and water into Crystal Cove. The proposed $10,350 fine is a response to a Sept. 12 incident in which a bulkhead failed at a Standard Pacific construction site above Crystal Cove, sending about 6,000 gallons of water into the ocean.