Horse manure pushed from the Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park to the San Juan Creek
Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park at San Juan Capistrano is a 40-acre equestrian riding park that sits next to the San Juan Creek. The Riding Park’s operator, Blenheim Facility Management, and the City of San Juan Capistrano have mismanaged the facility for years, resulting in horse manure and other harmful pollutants discharging into San Juan Creek, contaminating water all the way to Doheny State Beach.
On June 1, 1,300 elementary students from inland Orange County schools arrived at Huntington State Beach to celebrate the 24th annual Kids Ocean Day. During school assemblies leading up to the event, these third through fifth grade students learned about the issue of ocean pollution, how trash ends up in the ocean and how they can help.
San Juan Creek pollution threatens our communities
For years, horse manure and other harmful pollutants have discharged into San Juan Creek, contaminating water all the way to Doheny State Beach – one of the most polluted beaches in California. Contaminated discharges from horse facilities contribute to high levels of bacteria, nitrogen and phosphorus harming San Juan Creek, including critical habitat for Southern California Coast Steelhead – an endangered fish species. Kids run the risk of getting sick from splashing in the water contaminated by bacteria and by facilities that don’t satisfy standards for properly managing pollution.
Agave Watch at the Coastkeeper Garden has begun. The Garden’s impressively large Agave Americana, or Blue Agave, is preparing to bloom. A large flower stalk appeared on March 29 and is growing an astonishing six inches a day. We anticipate that the stalk will bloom sometime in June.
Already striking at more than 13 feet tall and 11 feet wide, the Coastkeeper Garden’s magnificent Agave will produce a flower stalk that is 20 to 30 feet high. This flower stalk, which will be as thick as a telephone pole, resembles an enormous asparagus spear. The branches of the stalk will be covered with masses of yellow flowers that will produce baby Agave plants.
Here in Orange County, clean water lets our kids and families enjoy a day at the beach without worrying about getting sick. It allows our coastal environment and wildlife to thrive. It fuels our tourist economy.
As Coastkeeper’s Senior Staff Attorney, Colin Kelly understands that Orange County runs on clean water and believes the best way to protect our communities is to defend policies that keep our waters safe. In 2017, this work is more important than ever.
Scallops, Oysters and Mussels are all mollusks but there are a few more not-as-well known mollusks that live in the eelgrass beds of Newport Bay. Introducing the California Jackknife, Navanax, Bubble Snail, and the Sea Hares.
Posted by Maxwell Karren · December 23, 2016 2:44 PM
Coastkeeper works to safeguard Orange County’s 42 miles of coastline and protect its invaluable fishable, swimmable, drinkable and sustainable waters. We are now the region’s principal steward of clean water, using the federal Clean Water Act and California Coastal Act to protect, preserve and restore Orange County’s coastal waters, rivers and streams.
Posted by Maxwell Karren · December 21, 2016 2:35 PM
It’s time to celebrate.
Last week, the Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board took the consideration to remove its regulations for bacteria levels in Newport Bay off its meeting agenda. For now, those water-quality regulations, known as total maximum daily loads (TMDLs), are safe.
Posted by Maxwell Karren · December 13, 2016 2:53 PM
Here at the Coastkeeper Garden, we’re pulling out all the stops to be responsible with this season’s most precious resource – rainwater.
The Garden is equipped with several bioswales — landscaping elements that remove silt and pollution from surface runoff water. These bioswales help prevent flooding and keep polluted water from flowing into our waterways.