the Clean Water Act of 1972. It flags a polluted water body so it can be
"Anything that would help maintain our beach waters would be
fabulous," Councilwoman Pam Julien Houchen said. "Anything that would
clean up our beaches, I would be supportive of."
That section of the state beach has been particularly troublesome,
registering high bacteria counts and a rash of beach postings in recent
County health officials said this week that leaking sewage pipes at a
lifeguard restroom that closed the beach Tuesday, may be the cause of the
high bacteria counts.
The situation needs to be remedied, Councilman Ralph Bauer said.
"We've been through a lot of agony around here," Bauer said, referring
to the city's tribulations with keeping its beaches free of postings. "If
we're not on top of it, we're going to be on top of it shortly."
Once the beach is added to that list, state and local officials must
develop standards for how much pollution can be in the waters. The
standards are known as "total maximum daily loads."
Local water regulators would be charged with creating a timeline for
implementing the standards.
The state water board has passed on several other water bodies in the
city for submission -- Huntington Harbor, Anaheim Bay and Bolsa Chica
channel -- due to a lack of data.
Data may be forthcoming, Orange County CoastKeeper executive director
Garry Brown said. The environmentalist has begun taking testing samples
in the harbor.
In May, Brown submitted the formal request to list six creeks in
Newport Coast. Three of those were accepted.
"It's a very hot spot," Brown said about the state beach. "We've
supported all of those locations."
* Paul Clinton covers the environment, John Wayne Airport and politics
for the Independent's sister paper the Daily Pilot. He may be reached at
(949) 764-4330 or by e-mail ato7 email@example.com .