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.
May 9, 2005
Andrew Edwards Runoff from Big Canyon Creek flowed into Newport Bay as two children tried some science firsthand Saturday by holding testing devices under the musty-smelling water. Amanda DeNichilo, 7, and Ethan Williams-Dalgart, 6, used a pair of cylindrical devices to test the water for phosphates and salinity. They protected their hands with plastic gloves in case the flow carried anything truly nasty. The children started a battery of tests to look for chemicals and bacteria in Big Canyon Creek.
May 4, 2005
Andrew Edwards A study, led by UC Irvine doctoral student Ryan Dwight, concluded that pollution-related illnesses suffered by swimmers visiting Newport Beach and Huntington Beach beaches could run as high as $3.3 million per year in medical costs. The report synthesized analysis from other studies. Dwight cited a report published in 1998 that assessed the severity of illnesses contracted by swimmers in the United Kingdom and a study published in 2003 that estimated the number of gastrointestinal diseases contracted by people using Newport and Huntington beaches over a two-year period.
April 12, 2005
Andrew Edwards Garry Brown, executive director of Orange County Coastkeeper, has resigned his post as a part-time consultant for a Newport Beach lobbying firm following accusations by other activists that he played both sides of the fence. Brown said his decision to quit Newport Beach-based Iger & Associates, which represents businesses in their dealings with environmental regulators, was based on an agreement he made with Coastkeeper's board of directors to leave the firm if any controversy developed.
March 7, 2005
Weather forecast Patchy fog and partly cloudy skies this morning should clear by the afternoon. High temperatures will be in the low 70s, and light winds are expected. Information: www.nws.noaa.gov Boating Forecast On inner waters today, there should be a light westerly, with wind waves of 2 feet or less and patchy fog in the morning. Tonight, expect variable winds at 10 knots or less, with wind waves of about 2 feet on a west swell of 4 to 6 feet at 14 seconds.
January 16, 2005
Weather forecast Expect mostly sunny skies with high temperatures from 68 to 75 and light winds. Tonight, it will be partly cloudy with lows from 42 to 49 and light winds. Information: www.nws.noaa.gov Boating Forecast On inner waters, winds will be northwesterly at 10 knots in the morning, becoming variable at 10 knots or less, creating wind waves of 2 feet or less on a west swell of 3 to 5 feet at 11 seconds. Tonight, winds will be northerly at 10 to 15 knots, making wind waves of 2 feet or less on a west swell of 2 to 4 feet at 11 seconds.
October 29, 2004
Alicia Robinson Eleven stretches of sand and several parts of Newport Harbor had clean water this summer, but a bacteria hot spot -- the harbor at 38th Street -- was ranked among Orange County's worst beaches in a report from Heal the Bay. The 2004 summer beach report card, issued Thursday by the Santa Monica-based environmental group, measured bacteria levels during dry weather between Memorial Day and Labor Day....
September 17, 2004
Alicia Robinson Donning wetsuits, fins and in one case a bathing cap, a half-dozen members of Newport Beach's Coastal/Bay Water Quality Advisory Committee plunged into the ocean off Crystal Cove Thursday. Their mission was to check out a kelp-reforestation project undertaken by Orange County CoastKeeper, a Newport Beach water-quality watchdog group. The project, started in 2001, was intended to restore once-abundant kelp forests that have suffered from man-made hazards such as water pollution and also from natural predators.
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.
August 21, 2004
Alicia Robinson A state plan describing how to make California's oceans cleaner and protect marine life is a good start, but more specific actions are needed, environmental activists told state Environmental Protection Agency Secretary Terry Tamminen on Friday. Activists asked for tools that identify the sources of bacteria and other water pollution, the establishment of marine protected areas, and more water conservation and reclamation instead of controversial desalination plants.