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November 27, 2003
Deepa Bharath The Orange County Healthcare Agency posted warning signs at an unprecedented number of local beaches on Sunday to caution the public about high levels of bacteria in the water possibly caused by tide patterns, officials said. Health officials instructed Huntington and Newport lifeguards to post the signs along the coast late Sunday morning after they got back results of the water quality tests, said Monica Mazur, environmental health supervising specialist with the Orange County Healthcare Agency.
NEWS
April 25, 2002
Paul Clinton The Orange County Health Care Agency posted warnings at two points in Huntington Harbour after discovering heightened levels of bacteria. The Sunset Aquatic Marina and Peter's Landing Marina were both hit with the postings on April 18 at 4 p.m. bringing the number of affected areas in the harbor to three. Harbour Channel at Coral Cay had been previously added to the agency's list. Swimmers and divers are warned to stay out of the water, when a section of the harbor is posted to avoid the health risk.
NEWS
November 23, 2000
Tariq Malik HUNTINGTON BEACH -- Scientists have pegged three sources of contamination that may have led to the closure of city and state beaches along the city's coast last year. A yearlong study to find the cause of high bacteria counts in coastal waters identified urban runoff, Talbert Marsh and the possible interaction between the Orange County Sanitation District's ocean outfall as the most likely culprits of beach closures in 1999. City, county and environmental officials gathered Nov. 16 to discuss the results and the next steps to curb further bacteria contamination.
NEWS
January 27, 2000
Eron Ben-Yehuda HUNTINGTON BEACH -- City officials said they're not surprised by the preliminary results of a study released last week that suggested urban runoff was not the only source of last year's beach contamination. "If it had been one source, we would have discovered that last summer," City Councilwoman Shirley Dettloff said. The UCI study focused on the Talbert Marsh by Pacific Coast Highway and Brookhurst Street. Some of the highest levels of bacteria were first reported in the surf zone by the marsh in July.
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By Michael Alexander | August 31, 2007
A year of testing has shown restoration efforts in the Bolsa Chica Wetlands have not increased bacteria levels in nearby waters, according to a conservationist group that has done regular testing on the tidal inlet to the wetlands, which opened last August. Members of the Bolsa Chica Conservancy gathered at the Bolsa Chica Interpretive Center Tuesday to unveil their findings, calling the data strong evidence that the wetlands haven’t had a negative effect. When the inlet was opened, some feared the long-stagnant waters might harm the nearby environment.
NEWS
October 14, 1999
Ellen McCarty About 100 local surfers banded together Sunday to protest ocean pollution but, in the same stroke, said that no matter how polluted their aquatic playground becomes, nothing will keep them on dry land for long. Not even the threat of disease. "We're not going to stay out of the water. If the waves are good, we'll surf," said Keith Ashbury, a local surfer and editor of Five Star Surf, a publication that organized Sunday's Broken Pipe Masters surf contest in Huntington Beach.
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By Rhea Mahbubani | April 3, 2013
It seemed like a regular day. Kaitlyn Dobrow, 18, woke up in time for her eight-hour shift as a receptionist at the Days Inn & Suites of Huntington Beach. She worked from 3 to 11 p.m. until her best friend, Kristen Kidd, gave her a ride to the gym, where they exercised together. Back home about 1 a.m., she texted Kidd, "I just puked my guts out and my joints hurt so bad. " She arose between 9 and 9:30 a.m. Feb. 12, with complaints of a headache and body pain, but Advil provided no relief.
NEWS
May 23, 2002
Paul Clinton The Orange County Health Care Agency has posted health warnings on an often troubled stretch of Huntington State Beach. The agency planted warnings signs in the sand 500 feet in either direction of Brookhurst Street. The area, which is near the Santa Ana River mouth, is a hot spot for beach postings. Ocean water lapping onto the beach also flows above the Orange County Sanitation District's sewage outfall pipe. The beach also lies near several channels that have been known to carry polluted urban runoff into the ocean.
NEWS
September 6, 2001
A portion of Huntington Harbour remains closed to swimming and diving after 500 gallons of sewage spilled in the waterway on Thursday. The Orange County Health Care Agency closed the harbor at City Channel at Sea Harbor and Coral Cay at Marina Bay Drive after a privately owned sewer line at the corner of Pacific Coast Highway and Warner Avenue became blocked Thursday morning and spilled over. The owner of a nearby liquor store noticed the discharge from the building's clean-out pipe and called a plumber out, said Monica Mazur, spokeswoman for the health care agency.
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By Rhea Mahbubani | April 3, 2013
It seemed like a regular day. Kaitlyn Dobrow, 18, woke up in time for her eight-hour shift as a receptionist at the Days Inn & Suites of Huntington Beach. She worked from 3 to 11 p.m. until her best friend, Kristen Kidd, gave her a ride to the gym, where they exercised together. Back home about 1 a.m., she texted Kidd, "I just puked my guts out and my joints hurt so bad. " She arose between 9 and 9:30 a.m. Feb. 12, with complaints of a headache and body pain, but Advil provided no relief.
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By Michael Alexander | October 25, 2007
Animal care workers confirmed Wednesday that an outbreak of paralyzed and dead birds that washed up on the shore of Huntington State Beach north of the Santa Ana River was caused by avian botulism. “It’s botulism type C, normally found in lakes and ponds and waterfowl,” said Debbie McGuire, wildlife director of the Wetlands and Wildlife Care Center. “What it’s doing out in the ocean I don’t know.” Four survivors were released into the wild from the center Friday.
NEWS
By Michael Alexander | August 31, 2007
A year of testing has shown restoration efforts in the Bolsa Chica Wetlands have not increased bacteria levels in nearby waters, according to a conservationist group that has done regular testing on the tidal inlet to the wetlands, which opened last August. Members of the Bolsa Chica Conservancy gathered at the Bolsa Chica Interpretive Center Tuesday to unveil their findings, calling the data strong evidence that the wetlands haven’t had a negative effect. When the inlet was opened, some feared the long-stagnant waters might harm the nearby environment.
NEWS
March 10, 2005
Andrew Edwards Government numbers show ocean bacteria levels that spiked during recent rainstorms have begun to fall to normal levels, with the exception of the waters near the Santa Ana River mouth. "Pretty much the whole area's recovered, except for the area around the Santa Ana River because Prado [Dam is] still discharging," Orange County Health Care Agency spokeswoman Monica Mazur said. Prado Dam, west of Corona, is about 30 miles upstream from the ocean.
NEWS
January 27, 2005
Dave Brooks This always happens when it rains. First Jeff Sensi develops the sniffles, followed by a persistent hack and a slight fever. The avid surfer said his immune system has gotten better at fighting off the bacteria he comes into contact with after rainy waters bring urban runoff into the ocean, but he never feels quite right. Still, Sensi won't miss a chance to catch some surf, even when it means he could catch a cold. "Some of my best days are right after a big storm," he said.
NEWS
November 27, 2003
Deepa Bharath The Orange County Healthcare Agency posted warning signs at an unprecedented number of local beaches on Sunday to caution the public about high levels of bacteria in the water possibly caused by tide patterns, officials said. Health officials instructed Huntington and Newport lifeguards to post the signs along the coast late Sunday morning after they got back results of the water quality tests, said Monica Mazur, environmental health supervising specialist with the Orange County Healthcare Agency.
NEWS
May 23, 2002
Paul Clinton The Orange County Health Care Agency has posted health warnings on an often troubled stretch of Huntington State Beach. The agency planted warnings signs in the sand 500 feet in either direction of Brookhurst Street. The area, which is near the Santa Ana River mouth, is a hot spot for beach postings. Ocean water lapping onto the beach also flows above the Orange County Sanitation District's sewage outfall pipe. The beach also lies near several channels that have been known to carry polluted urban runoff into the ocean.
NEWS
April 25, 2002
Paul Clinton The Orange County Health Care Agency posted warnings at two points in Huntington Harbour after discovering heightened levels of bacteria. The Sunset Aquatic Marina and Peter's Landing Marina were both hit with the postings on April 18 at 4 p.m. bringing the number of affected areas in the harbor to three. Harbour Channel at Coral Cay had been previously added to the agency's list. Swimmers and divers are warned to stay out of the water, when a section of the harbor is posted to avoid the health risk.
NEWS
April 18, 2002
Danette Goulet A 2,000-foot stretch of Huntington State Beach remains closed this week, while health care officials search for the cause of high bacteria levels. The Orange County Health Care Agency, Environmental Health, closed the 1,000 feet of beach to the north of Magnolia Street and 1,000 feet south after an unknown quantity of sewage, from an unknown source, polluted the waters. Testing has shown the sewer lines officials believed to be cracked and leaking are in working order, said Monica Mazur, spokeswoman for the Orange County Health Care Agency.
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