Business Runs Better on Clean Water

metal_casting_facility1.jpegCoastkeeper works to safeguard Orange County’s 42 miles of coastline and protect its invaluable fishable, swimmable, drinkable and sustainable waters. We are now the region’s principal steward of clean water, using the federal Clean Water Act and California Coastal Act to protect, preserve and restore Orange County’s coastal waters, rivers and streams.

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One of Newport Bay’s Strongest Defenses Against Bacteria Contamination is Safe - For Now

Newport Bay clean waterIt’s time to celebrate.

Last week, the Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board took the consideration to remove its regulations for bacteria levels in Newport Bay off its meeting agenda. For now, those water-quality regulations, known as total maximum daily loads (TMDLs), are safe.

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What the First Rain of the Season Means for Orange County Water Quality

runoff-2.jpegAfter a long, dry summer, fall has Orange County feeling a little fresher. The air is crisp, kids zip up their jackets on the way to school - and we finally see the first signs of rain.

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How Rain Makes the Coastkeeper Garden Shine

garden-2.jpegHere at the Coastkeeper Garden, we’re pulling out all the stops to be responsible with this season’s most precious resource – rainwater.

The Garden is equipped with several bioswales — landscaping elements that remove silt and pollution from surface runoff water. These bioswales help prevent flooding and keep polluted water from flowing into our waterways.

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“Paper or Plastic?” What You Need to Know About the Bag Ban

grocery-bag-ban.jpegOn November 8, California voters said “yes” to Proposition 67 – supporting an end to plastic bags polluting our waters and endangering marine life.

We’re proud of our state for supporting legislation that protects our coast from millions of plastic bags polluting the environment.

Now that the election’s over, what does the bag ban mean for your average trip to the grocery store? We’re here to get you up to speed.

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Guests Among Wildlife: Part IV

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Photo Credit: David Ohman

The coast and its residents 

As with the entire Pacific Coast, Orange County is blessed with some unique ecosystems including the Bolsa Chica wetlands (reopened with great applause to the ocean tides about seven years ago) and the Upper Newport Bay and Back Bay. 

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What is Polluted Runoff?

How to tackle Orange County’s sneakiest form of pollution

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Sometimes it’s obvious where pollution comes from. We know that when rain rushes down our storm drains, it carries hazardous chemicals from industrial and sewage treatment plants, manufacturers and scrap yards into our local waters. However, one form of pollution is much more difficult to pinpoint – polluted runoff.

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Guests Among Wildlife: Part III

 

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Photo Credit: David Ohman

The Back Bay and its residents

The Back Bay is home to fish and nesting sea birds, which attracts egrets, blue herons, osprey, foxes, coyotes and bobcats. 

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Guests Among Wildlife: Part II

What to do when you encounter a wild animal

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Photo Credit: David Ohman

For those with little or no experience encountering wildlife outside an animated film, members of the wildlife community don't dance, sing or talk, at least not with us. Don’t crowd them or attempt to feed them, especially by hand. Either they fear you, hate you, love your garden, or consider you an essential food group. Let’s just take a few examples of Southern California wildlife to make the point.

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Talking Trash: Join the World’s Largest Beach Cleanup

sculpture-coastal-cleanup.jpgEvery year, over eight million metric tons of plastic enter our oceans and more than 4.5 trillion cigarette butts litter our beaches. 

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