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September 13, 2012
I am now convinced that ocean desalination will provide almost 10% of our future potable (drinking) water requirements here in the Southern Orange County. Waiting any longer to embrace it will jeopardize those critical needs. Here in South O.C., due to ancient infrastructure and EPA regulations, fires are fought using exclusively potable supply lines. Twenty years ago, here in Laguna Beach, as a volunteer myself, I can attest that we basically ran out. Only the wind shifting 180 degrees around 7 p.m. saved us or it would have burnt down the rest of our region.
NEWS
By By Dan Beighley | January 6, 2006
High school's Surfrider Club keeps track of bacteria at local beaches.Cruising Laguna's coastline once a week, members of the high school's Surfrider Club put the community's ocean water to the test. The club is a grass-roots effort funded through donations from the Laguna Beach Surfrider Club to help increase community awareness about the level of bacteria in the water. The good news, according to club president Marshall Thomas, is that rarely does his group find problems.
NEWS
By Bryce Alderton | September 26, 2013
Earth Day's younger brother came to Laguna Beach last weekend. The Laguna Beach County Water District opened its doors to the public Saturday and Sunday, hoping to boost attendees' water IQ while exhibitors offered tips on how to plant a raised garden bed and demonstrated the capabilities of different sprinkler heads. The event, the fourth annual Smartscape Info/Expo, extolled the virtues of planting succulents and native California plants. Attendees walked through a temporary garden of lobelia, manzanita, vegetables and herbs such as peppers, lettuce and rosemary.
NEWS
July 19, 2002
WEATHER TIDBITS The first real symptoms of summer have been felt the past several days. 70- to 72-degree water, minimal marine layer, seasonal thunderstorms popping up in our local mountains and deserts and now, tropical storm Cristina is sending us some of her energy in the form of a clean 175 south tropical swell at 10 to 11 seconds. So we're two for three so far this season. Not bad at all. Remember, we got waves from "Alma" way back in May and "Boris" in June never made it as far as our surf window.
SPORTS
May 18, 2007
The Laguna Beach Age Group Water Polo 8th-grade-and-Under team won the silver medal by posting a 5-1 record at the San Diego Cup tournament. Laguna won its first five matches by a combined score of 53-10, before falling in the division final to Santa Barbara. Both Candyce Schroeder and Jessie Holechek of Laguna were named to the all-tournament team. Santa Barbara 10, Laguna 6 Laguna took a 1-0 lead on a score from Jessica Shusko from hole set, but Santa Barbara scored the next three goals and never trailed again to win the gold.
NEWS
By Gary Underhill | November 28, 2008
The 8-cent-per-gallon cost of water quoted in the Coastline Pilot [?Water district OKs rate hike,? Nov. 14] should have been $.004 ($3.02 per unit/748 gallons/unit = $.004 = 0.4 cents/gallon). This does not include the fixed service cost of the meter. At $0.004 per gallon, there is very little motivation to conserve water and the related pumping costs of the energy that is required to deliver potable water 24/7 to our taps from Lake Powell, the Sierras and regional wells. To effect water and energy conservation, we should encourage our water districts to: ?
LOCAL
By Barbara Diamond | October 16, 2009
A couple of Laguna Beach entrepreneurs are promoting a new gadget they say will help property owners save water and money. Grieg Altieri and Howard Jelenik have collaborated to produce the WaterDex, a device that simplifies the adjustment of sprinkler timers to match weather and soil conditions, operated by a remote control. Altieri is a partner of Rockrose Technology in Irvine, which produced the WaterDex, using wireless technology developed by Cognitive Systems, in which Jelenik invested.
LOCAL
By Catharine Cooper | August 7, 2009
Summertime…. And while the living might not be easy for all the business owners in town, our visitors seem to be soaking up the best of times. The beaches have been packed, the water temperatures have warmed, and after last week’s huge south swell, we’ve settled back into more tourist-friendly surf. I’m sure the lifeguards are happy for a breather. My son, Cooper, was in town for his 33rd birthday this week (OMG, how did I end up with a child who is 33 years old?
NEWS
By Bryce Alderton | May 30, 2013
Patrick Watson was in the right place at the right time - again - Saturday at Aliso Beach Park in Laguna Beach. Except this time it wasn't an exhausted swimmer who needed help, a scenario that played out 10 years ago for Watson at the same beach, but rather a woman and her baby. Watson, 46, of Mentone, was skimboarding about 11 a.m. with his 18-year-old son, Danny, when he heard a family member scream of "baby. " When he looked, he saw that a woman had been hit on the backside by a rough wave and a baby had fallen out of her arms and into the surf.
NEWS
By CATHARINE COOPER | July 13, 2007
Sea water swirls around my feet as sand pushes up between my toes. The incoming tide carries bits of tossed glass, broken shells, lobster carcasses, and wavy tails of spent grass. Flotsam and jetsam, I think. Circling the globe. The same waters flow in the North Atlantic Ocean, the Arctic, Baltic, and Andaman Seas, the Indian Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, and St. Lawrence Seaways. We are connected, we humans, not only by the air we share, but also by the waters that caress our shores, the waters that circulate in our bodies.
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NEWS
By Bryce Alderton | May 1, 2014
The South Coast Water District will soon be able to produce higher-quality recycled water to irrigate certain types of land, such as golf courses and hotel grounds, for its South Laguna and Dana Point clients. City leaders and environmental stewards attended a dedication for the Aliso Creek Water Reclamation Facility in Aliso Canyon on April 24. The new structure is adjacent to the district's advanced wastewater treatment facility, which has produced recycled water for landscape irrigation since 1984.
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NEWS
April 23, 2014
Laguna Beach's water quality department has placed its urban runoff units back online for the summer season. The city maintains 22 of the diversion units, primarily along the coastline. The units redirect to the sewer system irrigation overrun, pollutants such as brake dust, oil, fertilizers and pesticides, and other debris that collects in storm drains. About 8 tons of debris and pollutants are pulled out of the diversion structures and hauled away for disposal each year, according to a city news release.
NEWS
April 21, 2014
There's still time for Laguna Beach residents to do their part in hopes of continuing a winning trend. Laguna is seeking its third straight victory as most water-wise city in the Wyland Foundation's National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation. The Mayor's Challenge is a friendly nationwide competition in April to see which city can be the most water-wise. Mayors and civic leaders nationwide challenge their residents to conserve water, energy, and other natural resources on behalf of their city.
NEWS
By Bryce Alderton | April 16, 2014
A majority of the Laguna Beach Planning Commission proved reluctant to restrict the hours commercial stand-up paddle groups can do business on the water. Members, however, agreed that the city should work with such operators as well as lifeguards to improve safety. Commissioners on Wednesday heard testimony from residents, stand-up paddle business owners and surfers about a proposed ordinance that would require instructors to have CPR and first-aid certification as well as an operator's permit.
NEWS
By David Hansen and By David Hansen | April 3, 2014
The night before his Blue Water Music Festival last weekend, organizer Rick Conkey slept on an air mattress on the festival grounds, making sure no one stole the equipment. At 6 foot 5, his feet hung over the edge of the mattress. But he didn't care. He had other things to worry about. Would people show up? Will he have enough cash to pay the bands? Will he be able to show his face again in Laguna? He worried but he didn't let it show. By midday Saturday, people started arriving - not a lot, but some.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Hansen | April 3, 2014
Not everyone was happy with the Blue Water Music Festival over the weekend. [Seven-degrees], which was right next door to the Sawdust event, had a wedding on Saturday and a fundraiser on Sunday. The music was simply too loud, said Executive Director Dora Wexell "I'm very disappointed," Wexell said. "I don't want to be the bad guy. [Seven-degrees] is very supportive of music. But a rock concert needs a rock-concert venue. " Wexell said the music consistently went above the 70-decibel limit set by the city.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Don Leach | April 3, 2014
The Blue Water Music Festival, hosted by Rick Conkey and his nonprofit Blue Water Green Earth, returned to Laguna Beach last weekend at the Sawdust Art Festival grounds under the shade of the tall eucalyptus grove. The two-day event featured a variety of acts in several musical genres playing an even wider variety of instruments. As with all music festivals, there were the expected headliners, but it was the discoveries on the outer stages that made it so fun. The acts given the tiny tavern stage were small in space but big on talent Saturday.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Rhea Mahbubani | March 26, 2014
This weekend, Rick Conkey plans to showcase several causes that he holds dear - not the least of which is celebrating reggae music. The host of KX 93.5's "Music Matters" radio show is set to launch the American Reggae Hall of Fame by honoring the Rebel Rockers and their founder, Eric Morton, at the upcoming Blue Water Music Festival, which will feature an assortment of musical genres. "Laguna Beach is widely regarded as the capital of reggae in the United States, and that's largely because of the Rebel Rockers and Eric Morton," Conkey said.
NEWS
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
By Bryce Alderton | March 6, 2014
As waves repeatedly crashed off Aliso Beach Park early Saturday afternoon, beachgoer Matthew Barker thought, "They couldn't have picked a worse day to go out in the water. " "They" being a 25-year-old Los Angeles woman and her male friend, who decided to brave what Barker called the most dangerous surf conditions he has seen in five years at the county-operated beach. "They charged in through knee-deep water and started swimming out," Barker, 54, said. "They instantly started getting pounded by waves six, eight, 10 feet.
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