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Going Green: Upper Newport Bay – Restoration, Recreation and Research

By Garry Brown, Executive Director / Orange County Coastkeeper Just above Newport Harbor is the Upper Newport Bay, a sanctuary to many species of plants, birds and marine organisms. The Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve and Ecological Reserve is an estuary, a wetland with a mix...

Going Green: Desalination Plant is Bad for the Region

By Garry Brown, Executive Director / Orange County Coastkeeper The California Coastal Commission will meet at Newport Beach City Hall November 13 – 15. On the agenda for Nov. 13 is a Coastal Development Permit application from Connecticut-based Poseidon Water. Their proposed...

Going Green: First Flush of Rainy Season Affects Coastal Water Quality

By Garry Brown, Executive Director / Orange County Coastkeeper  As summer weather has finally come to a close, it is time to start preparing for the wet season. The day after a rain storm is clear, crisp, and there is a sense of renewal in the air. All the streets appear clean,...

Going Green: Sustain our Sea with Sustainable Seafood Choices

By Garry Brown, Executive Director / Orange County Coastkeeper What is sustainable seafood, why is it important, where you can get it?  Food sourced from the sea has sustained seaside communities since man first learned to fish. It is an important part of coastal living and has...

Going Green: Underwater Oasis at Crystal Cove

By Garry Brown, Executive Director / Orange County Coastkeeper One of Newport Beach’s greatest treasures is Crystal Cove State Park. Stretching for 3.2 miles along PCH, Crystal Cove is known for its stunning cliffs and trails that are popular for hiking, biking, and camping. Its...

Going Green: Newport Beach Leads in Water Quality

By Garry Brown, Executive Director / Orange County Coastkeeper Newport Beach’s locals are the pulse of this city. Most residents grew up here; running and playing on the sand since they could walk. Some might even try to convince you that they were born in the water. This...

Restoring Green Abalone to the Newport Coast

By Garry Brown, Executive Director / Orange County Coastkeeper Some of us remember the days when you could simply walk out at low tide and pluck an abalone off the rocks. It seemed that every bar in Newport Beach had an abalone shell for an ash tray, and I recall seeing...

Going Green: Reflections on Water Conservation for Earth Day – April 22

By Garry Brown, Executive Director / Orange County Coastkeeper There are plenty of ways to celebrate the Earth on Earth Day (Monday, April 22). Some of the more popular activities include planting a tree, or attending a local festival where you can make some recycled arts and...

Scouts Serve the Back Bay

Visual and educational information about butterflies and the Back Bay will now be easier than ever for visitors to the Muth Interpretive Center, thanks to Alex Conte and his fellow scouts in Troop 90. As Conte’s Eagle Scout project, he planned, designed, funded and constructed...
Posted On 04 May 2012

Weighing in on Climate Change

I have long avoided the topic of climate change, for good reason. I prefer to make fun of Al Gore for inventing the Internet rather than jousting at his global warming pitch, and get bored debating the merits of extreme thinking on both sides of the issue. First, a couple of my...

Cheers to Our JRNYMN

Not everyone can be a professional athlete, and a superstar. A sustainable community necessarily requires a group of special individuals who contribute any time, anywhere.  A journeyman is that individual.  Sean Pronger is that JRNYMN. Pronger has a younger brother, Chris.  Chris...

Not Your Average Round

I had an opportunity to take a sustainability tour of Pelican Hill Golf Club as Earth Day approaches, its first ever eco-tour. We “took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” The South Course at the amazing resort – on 504 acres in Newport Coast, a...

Tsetse Flies Again!

NEWPORT BEACH (April 1, 2012) — Bad news for local developers and advocates of key Newport Beach projects: the dreaded Tsetse fly has been identified in the region and is no longer considered extinct in North America. The Tsetse Fly first came to the West Coast on boats...

Making a Splash With Water Conservation

To seal a bet over whose citizens will conserve the most water, the mayors of Newport and Laguna Beach today kickoff the National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation at Newport’s Back Bay Science Center. As part of a challenge to mayors across the nation by the...

Sustainable Freedom

I would not be able to be here, to opine on cool green decisions and sustainable behaviors, had others not fought to preserve my freedom to do so. That is my premise to conclude that our veterans of foreign wars are the most sustainable folks we have. It is precisely our freedom...

Are You a Lorax?

“The Lorax” written in 1971, was Dr. Seuss’ personal favorite.  Of all Dr. Seuss books, “The Lorax” is the most strident and most thinly veiled allegory, and its message, both to big business and young readers, is crystal clear. The fable looks at an industrialized society and...

From Garbage to Garden

Back in the day, any food scraps were delivered to the family pig, or fed to the chickens. Today, no one has a pig, and we now know that chickens, although cute and friendly, are no longer an option unless you live in designated areas where chickens are permitted by code, or...

One Meter at a Time

A sustainable lifestyle necessitates action, from “do no harm” to “do something good.”  You cannot sit on the bench and claim to be green. Lately we have contemplated local action by locals.  All good.  Here is a story about locals acting globally. Why act to preserve the...

Something Ventured

I had the opportunity to rub elbows with movers and shakers at the 14th Annual Corporate Venturing and Innovation Partnering Conference at the the Island Hotel. The likes of Chevron, Intel, Coca Cola, Motorola, Nestle, Shell, Google, Honda, Nike, oh my. This is a must-attend for...

If You Build It, They Will Flutter

Won’t you come into my garden? My butterflies would love to see you. As we enter spring and fall, thought I would share a new way to approach gardening – attracting butterflies.  It is far easier to do no harm when presented by the beauty of butterflies in the sanctuary of...