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May 26, 2005
Andrew Edwards Three local beaches are failing as far as the water-quality advocates at Heal the Bay are concerned. However, in a survey released Wednesday, the group gave high marks to most of Newport Beach's waterfront when waters were tested on days with no rain. Heal the Bay, which has headquarters in Santa Monica, issued its 15th annual Beach Report Card on Wednesday. The group graded beaches based on the amount of fecal bacteria detected in water tests.
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By Alicia Robinson | October 6, 2006
Testing methods could be leading water-quality experts to post bacteria warnings at clean beaches, new research from Orange County's Newport Beach water-quality lab shows. The research describes how "biofilms" can foster the growth of the bacteria that water-quality testers look for. The bacteria are supposed to indicate the presence of sewage, but scientists found they may also grow naturally in the environment. Donna Ferguson, who supervises the Orange County Health Care Agency's water-quality lab on Shellmaker Island, will present the lab's findings next week at a national Environmental Protection Agency conference in New York.
NEWS
August 8, 2002
WEATHER It's not quite a heat wave, but we'll warm up. Hope Costa Mesa likes the mid-80s, because that's what it's going to get. Newport will feel 70s. See Page A2 FORUM The debate over police helicopter noise continues. See Page A5 FOOD REVIEW Tutto Mare at Fashion Island won't let you down as its bountiful and filling portions are worth the price. See Page A11 WATER QUALITY Newport Beach staffers are working to create catchy slogans to relay water-quality needs to residents.
NEWS
September 1, 2004
Alicia Robinson Few cities are more diligent than Newport Beach when it comes to preventing water pollution, but that diligence sometimes ruffles the feathers of residents and business owners cited for violating water-quality rules. As part of its extensive water-quality enforcement program, the city issued close to 1,000 violation notices and citations between July 2003 and June 2004. Information from Orange County's Resources and Development Management Department showed that in the 2002-03 fiscal year, Newport Beach was responsible for 85% of water-quality enforcement actions county-wide.
NEWS
September 26, 2003
June Casagrande Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the sofa for some hard-core channel surfing, the city of Newport Beach is broadcasting now about, what else? Water. "Waterwise" is the newest weapon in the city's arsenal to educate residents about local water quality. Hosted by city Water Quality Code Enforcement Officer Jim Sinasek, the local cable program is serving up the city's message in easy-to-remember sound bites: "Use a broom, not a hose"; "Water your lawn, not the street"; and, of course, "Pick up after your pet" are some of the basic messages that city officials hope will result in less trash and fewer bacteria in the harbor and ocean.
NEWS
By Jill Cowan | December 27, 2012
Orange County environmental health officials warned local swimmers this week to avoid contact with ocean water, especially in spots close to storm drains, creeks and rivers. A rain advisory is in effect for the entire Orange County coast, including Newport Beach, Laguna Beach and Huntington Beach, after runoff from this week's storm caused elevated bacteria levels. The advisory, which is intended to reach recreational ocean, bay and harbor users, went into effect after more than two-tenths of an inch of rain fell, Orange County Health Care Agency Water Quality Supervisor Mike Fennessy said.
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By Alexandra Baird, dailypilot@latimes.com | June 3, 2011
Newport Beach's water quality during rainy weather improved dramatically at the city's beaches over the last year but continued to rate poorly along the bay, according to a report released by Heal the Bay. The recently released score card monitored water quality at beaches up and down the coast from April 2010 through March. In 2009-10, most of Newport's beaches received F grades during rainy weather. In 2010-11, almost all had A grades. Councilwoman Nancy Gardner said efforts to keep contaminants out of the ocean have made a difference.
NEWS
By Sarah Peters, sarah.peters@latimes.com | July 3, 2010
Starting Tuesday, TV monitors will alert beachgoers how clean the surf, and more quickly than other methods. Flat-screen monitors placed at Newport Beach Dunes, Huntington State Beach, Doheny State Beach, will all begin receiving real-time water quality reports transmitted from the county health department. There are also monitors at Newport Pier and Big Corona State Beach. Part of an eight-week pilot program, the new water-testing methods are from a collaboration among the county's health care agency, the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project (SCCWRP)
NEWS
By Brittany Woolsey, Special to the Daily Pilot | July 2, 2012
A new smartphone application can help California residents stay up to date with the area's healthiest beaches. Swim Guide, released May 30 by Waterkeeper Alliance, uses monitoring data from government agencies to determine the water quality of more than 300 California beaches. Orange County Coastkeeper frequently updates basic information for the area's beaches and employs the use of water quality data from the Ocean Water Protection Program. "Every year, millions of people get sick from coming into contact with polluted water at their local beaches," Pete Nichols, western director for the Waterkeeper Alliance, said in a prepared statement.
NEWS
March 12, 2004
June Casagrande The Surfrider Foundation has found a way to turn vice into virtue. People who come to Margaritaville on Saturday for the concoctions will get to take part in a second guilty pleasure: "Casino Night." It's more innocent than it seems. The players of the Vegas-style games will compete for donated prizes instead of cash. At the same time, they will be helping one of Newport-Mesa's favorite causes. "It's all to help benefit water quality in the area," said Ray Halowski , a Surfrider Foundation spokesman, who concocted the event with Margaritaville general manager Steve Pickford.
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NEWS
June 28, 2013
A stretch of Newport Bay that had been closed to swimmers and divers because of a sewage spill reopened Friday, according to the Orange County Health Care Agency, which monitors water quality. The ocean was closed earlier this week along a half-mile stretch of beach, from Bayside Drive Beach to Carnation Cove, after about 500 gallons of sewage spilled into the water, according to the agency. In order for it to reopen, water had to have acceptably low bacterial levels for two consecutive days.
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NEWS
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.
NEWS
By Jill Cowan | May 24, 2013
Orange County beachgoers can rest easy knowing that the waters off the Southern California coast are - for the most part - pretty clean, and they seem to be getting cleaner, according to environmental group Heal the Bay's 23rd annual Beach Report Card . The report, which assigns letter grades to 445 beaches statewide based on their weekly bacterial levels, found that 93% of the beaches monitored in Orange County received A or B ratings during...
NEWS
By Jill Cowan | February 12, 2013
Contractors for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have begun dredging sediment in the Santa Ana River Marsh in Newport Beach - some of which is being piped just offshore for beach replenishment, drawing concerns from residents. The roughly $5-million project, which will restore channel depths to improve water circulation and tidal flushing necessary for maintaining the 92-acre salt marsh habitat, is expected to be complete by the end of March. The Army Corps project is federally funded.
NEWS
By Jill Cowan | December 27, 2012
Orange County environmental health officials warned local swimmers this week to avoid contact with ocean water, especially in spots close to storm drains, creeks and rivers. A rain advisory is in effect for the entire Orange County coast, including Newport Beach, Laguna Beach and Huntington Beach, after runoff from this week's storm caused elevated bacteria levels. The advisory, which is intended to reach recreational ocean, bay and harbor users, went into effect after more than two-tenths of an inch of rain fell, Orange County Health Care Agency Water Quality Supervisor Mike Fennessy said.
NEWS
By Len Bose | December 13, 2012
It's that time of the year again, for the good, the bad and the ugly of 2012. This year I wrote 39 stories; each year, I review my column and itemize my stories and observations into the following categories: The good For the second year in a row, dredging the harbor has been on the top of the list. The Newport Beach City Council and Harbor Resources Manager Chris Miller are down to the last few scoops of dredging the entire harbor. So much good was derived from this process, including increased water quality and marine life, the need for continuous dredging and — my favorite — how the harbor looks without moorings.
NEWS
By Brittany Woolsey, Special to the Daily Pilot | July 2, 2012
A new smartphone application can help California residents stay up to date with the area's healthiest beaches. Swim Guide, released May 30 by Waterkeeper Alliance, uses monitoring data from government agencies to determine the water quality of more than 300 California beaches. Orange County Coastkeeper frequently updates basic information for the area's beaches and employs the use of water quality data from the Ocean Water Protection Program. "Every year, millions of people get sick from coming into contact with polluted water at their local beaches," Pete Nichols, western director for the Waterkeeper Alliance, said in a prepared statement.
NEWS
By Mike Reicher | January 30, 2012
NEWPORT BEACH — The Irvine Co. was responsible for monitoring urban runoff into a protected stretch of the Pacific north of Crystal Cove, until the Newport Beach City Council voted last week for the city to assume the responsibility. The change will cost the city $10,000 per year, but officials say it partly compensates the Irvine Co. for installing and maintaining a nearby public wastewater pump station. For decades, the Irvine Co. and local governments have been working out water quality protections between Corona del Mar and Laguna Beach.
NEWS
August 23, 2011
The Mesa Consolidated Water District is warning its customers that more water backflow devices have been stolen. The items are expensive and maintain water quality, district officials said. The district is working with police, but residents can add deterrents like encasing valves in an enclosure or adding lighting and landscape around them. They can also add video surveillance or add security to monitor the device. For more information, contact the district's cross connection specialist, Pieter Pijl, at PietP@mesawater.org or call (949)
NEWS
By Patrice Apodaca | July 30, 2011
While on a walk around Newport Dunes recently, I was brought up short by the sight of a majestic bird perched on a post on Back Bay Drive. After a few minutes, it took wing, and as it flew overhead, I could see a fish clutched in its talons. I would soon learn that the bird I spotted was an osprey — likely the male partner of a pair that nests at the Back Bay Science Center. No doubt it was bringing a meal home to its chicks. That I was able to enjoy such a splendid sight is thanks to the staff at the science center, a gem of a facility where scientists and students study marine ecology and promote conservation.
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