The Upper Newport Bay Ecosystem Restoration Project was a multi-year, $38 million project led by the US Army Corps of Engineers to bring the Upper Bay back to a more optimal ecosystem. The project was based upon the Upper Newport Bay Ecosystem Restoration Feasibility Report, a Corps-produced document that was circulated to the public and went through environmental review in 2000. The project involved extensive dredging of sediment, especially to maintain two major in-bay sediment retention basins (near Jamboree Road and near the Salt Dike). These basins keep some sediment from reaching the remainder of the Upper Bay as well as the Lower Bay. Much of the dredging included expansion of existing channels that surround various islands in the Upper Bay, including Middle Island. The City of Newport Beach, while not a direct lead on the project, was a partner with the County of Orange, the State Coastal Conservancy, and others in ensuring that the project was successfully completed on October 27, 2010.
For more information about the project, please contact Harbor Resources Manager Chris Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org or 949-644-3043.