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

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 of fresh and salt water that is tide-dependent. It […]

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Going Green: Desalination Plant is Bad for the Region

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 Huntington Beach seawater desalination facility has been a 15-year political campaign, not a […]

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

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, but while short-lived, […]

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Going Green: Sustain our Sea with Sustainable Seafood Choices

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 strong cultural ties to communities such as Newport […]

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Going Green: Underwater Oasis at Crystal Cove

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 charming cottages and pristine beach are enjoyed by families on […]

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Going Green: Newport Beach Leads in Water Quality

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 tight-knit community continues to prove its passion […]

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Restoring Green Abalone to the Newport Coast

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 decorative walls made of […]

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

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 crafts. On this Earth Day, we want you […]

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Scouts Serve the Back Bay

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 three new informational and visual stations in the butterfly habitat […]

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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 beliefs that establish […]

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