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By Barbara Diamond | June 5, 2009
Drivers should not be taken in by road signs reading that the detours on Glenneyre Street will end on May 9 or even by the end of May. A significant glitch in the rehabilitation of the Bluebird Canyon Pump Station at the intersection of Catalina, Glenneyre and Calliope streets has forced the extension of the detour by almost a month. The new date by which the street is expected to open is June 23, said David Shissler, director of Water Quality. Glenneyre is closed from the intersection to Bluebird Canyon Drive and the closure so far has not been intermittent, as posted.
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By James Pribram | May 22, 2009
Here we go again. Summer is approaching quicker than the blink of an eye and Heal the Bay has just released its annual report card. Sadly, Los Angeles remains the worst in California. The nonprofit assigned A-to-F letter grades to 94 beaches in the state for the dry-weather period from April 2008 through March 2009, based on levels of weekly bacterial pollution. While Los Angeles fell slightly below the county’s five-year average, Orange County beaches recorded outstanding water-quality grades well above the state average.
NEWS
November 16, 2007
South Coast Water District will add the first drops of locally obtained water to its distribution system by the end of the year from its new Groundwater Recovery Facility, located in Dana Point. When the facility is fully operational, about 10% of the district?s drinking water will come from the San Juan Groundwater Basin rather than Northern California or the Colorado River, according to district officials. Today, the district is 100% dependent on imported supplies of drinking water.
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By Bryce Alderton | March 13, 2014
Officials from Laguna Beach's two water districts are intent on moving forward with a proposed desalination plant in Dana Point. The Laguna Beach County Water District commissioners and board of directors voted Tuesday to consult with South Coast Water District representatives on whether they can get commitments from three other entities to build the Doheny Desalination Ocean Project. The two districts partnered with Moulton Niguel Water District and the cities of San Juan Capistrano and San Clemente in 2005 to explore the feasibility of a desalination project that would use subsurface slant wells - which resemble pipes set a relatively flat angle - off the beach to draw as much as 30 million gallons a day of ocean water for treatment, according to the South Coast website . The project at Doheny State Beach could yield up to 15 million gallons of potable water a day. Studies and test drilling began in 2005 at the mouth of San Juan Creek.
NEWS
June 14, 2002
Roger von Butow "I will show you fear in a handful of dust." -- The Wasteland, T.S. Eliot A poet writing 80 years ago summed up the conundrum society faces today. The soil, sand and minerals that wash down from our watersheds (inland or coastal) have changed in chemical and physical composition. Human-induced land disturbances, the grading and dredging necessary for development, hold bad news. These sources are considered pollutants by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
NEWS
January 2, 2004
Local conservationists are forming a new civic group dedicated to restoring Laguna Canyon Creek and keeping a closer eye on its watershed. The new organization, dubbed Friends of Laguna Canyon Creek, is still in the process of being shaped. The group is one of six being created by the South Orange County Watershed Conservancy to monitor the region's watersheds. Separate "Friends of" groups are being formed for Aliso Creek, Salt Creek, San Mateo Creek, San Juan Creek and Poche Beach.
NEWS
By: Barbara Diamond | September 16, 2005
Laguna's lush vegetation is a con. "There is only one way to get green, and that is water," said Michael Dunbar, general manager of South Coast Water District. Not a plentiful commodity in a desert. Despite its lush vegetation and the ocean in its backyard, Laguna is part of the Southern California desert and totally dependent on imported water for drinking and irrigation, according to Dunbar and Renae Hinchey, his counterpart at the Laguna Beach County Water District.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | October 13, 2011
A permit that regulates the daily discharge of millions of gallons of treated wastewater into the ocean from an outfall off of Aliso Beach has expired and is up for renewal. The South Laguna Civic Assn. opposes the renewal of the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System permit. The South Orange County Wastewater Authority, of which Laguna is a member, supports the renewal. A draft of the new permit will be distributed for public comment and hearings will be conducted by the state Regional Water Quality Control Board, probably in March or April.
NEWS
By Bryce Alderton | August 1, 2013
Certain water and sewer rates will rise next year for 2,000 South Laguna customers, but not as much as the South Coast Water District proposed. The board of directors approved the rate hikes during a special meeting Monday at district headquarters, but not without opposition from two residents and one board member. "We have to remember our obligation as a public agency, owned by the public, to keep [rates] down," board vice president Bob Moore said. The board voted 3 to 1 for the water and sewer rate increases, with president Wayne Rayfield and directors Richard Runge and Rick Erkeneff (who phoned in from Alaska)
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By Barbara Diamond | June 5, 2009
Drivers should not be taken in by road signs reading that the detours on Glenneyre Street will end on May 9 or even by the end of May. A significant glitch in the rehabilitation of the Bluebird Canyon Pump Station at the intersection of Catalina, Glenneyre and Calliope streets has forced the extension of the detour by almost a month. The new date by which the street is expected to open is June 23, said David Shissler, director of Water Quality. Glenneyre is closed from the intersection to Bluebird Canyon Drive and the closure so far has not been intermittent, as posted.
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