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Protecting Our Watershed

Ocean Water Quality Report Card - What a GPA Newport Beach!

HtB 2017 Report_Card_CoverHeal the Bay's annual report card is released. [read more]
Heal the Bay’s 27th Annual Beach Report Card provides essential water quality information to the millions of people who swim, surf, or dive in the coastal waters of the West Coast. Essential reading for ocean users, the report card grades over 600 locations during the peak beach-going summer season on an A-F scale based on the risk of adverse health effects to swimmers and surfers.

To earn a spot on the Honor Roll, a beach must be monitored weekly year-round, and have received only exceptional (A+) grades during all seasons and weather conditions.

Newport Beach recieved four A+ ratings:

  • Balboa Beach @ 15th/16th St.
  • Balboa Beach Pier
  • Crystal Cove, Pelican Point Beach
  • Crystal Cove 


Help Your Harbor Inaugural Newport Underwater Clean Up - What a Success!


Thank you to the 221 Volunteers 14 Exhibitors
12 Duffy Boats Launched
1,100 pounds of trash removed from the harbor!

Regrowth of Enterococci & Fecal Coliform in Biofilm - Studies of Street Gutters and Storm Drains in Newport Beach

Stormwater Magazine CoverThe City of Newport Beach, CA, and the Orange County (CA) Health Care Agency Water Quality Laboratory have completed studies presenting evidence that biofilm regrowth of enterococci and fecal coliform bacteria is occurring in street gutters and storm drains.
If these findings of regrowth are duplicated by others, the health threat to recreational swimmers resulting from nonpoint sources may be overestimated. [ view article ]
-  Stormwater Magazine September 2015


To flush or not to flush… No drugs down the Drain.Pills
Do you know what to do with your unused or expired medications? Most people don’t. the City of Newport Beach has recently teamed up with the Orange County Sanitation District to promote a countywide public education campaign to reduce the improper disposal of pharmaceuticals into the sewer system. The campaign’s tagline, “No Drugs Down the Drain” is meant to encourage Southern California residents to dispose of their unused or expired medications properly.
So what can we do with the expired medications we have at home? Throwing unused medications in a trash receptacle is the way to go. Learn more at NoDrugsDownTheDrain.org.

Keeping Our Waterways Safe and Clean

Bay & Water Quality PicHere you will find the latest news on efforts to reduce stormwater pollution, informative educational materials, pollution prevention tips for residents and businesses, online documents and reporting forms, links to other stormwater program participants and more. Together, we can prevent stormwater pollution and keep our channels, creeks, bays and ocean clean.

    Learn what stormwater pollution is, how it happens and how it affects you, including government regulations and requirements. You can also view the latest National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits, Drain Area Management Plan (DAMP), 2013 Water Quality Management Plan (WQMP) and County stormwater program reports.
    Prevention tips and guidelines for residents.
    Prevention tips and guidelines for businesses.
    Collection sites where you can take old paint, pesticides, batteries, solvents and other items to be recycled, and certified oil recycling collection centers where you can recycle used motor oil.
    Learn where pump out stations are located throughout the Newport Beach Harbor.
    A number of brochures, posters and suggested best management controls are available to view and download.
    • Best Management Practices (BMPs)
    • Water Quality Management Plans (WQMPs)
    • Videos
    • Brochures
    • Posters and Magnets
    • Watershed Science for Teachers
    Report storm water pollution or street drain problems.
    Power Point Presentation to Restaurant Managers


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