OUR GREATEST ACHEIVEMENT THUS FAR:
• KEEPING SEWAGE OUT OF NEWPORT BAY

• DEFEND THE BAY WINS IRVINE RANCH WATER DISTRICT CASE

• DEFEND THE BAY DEFEATS IRVINE CO./CITY OF IRVINE

• DEFEND THE BAY WINS STATEWIDE PROTECTION FOR CALIFORNIA’S UNIQUE MARINE RESERVES

• DEFEND THE BAY VS. U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

Defend The Bay Wins Statewide Protection for California’s Unique Coastal Marine Reserves

Defend The Bay has won a major victory that will protect Orange County’s specially designated marine reserves, such as Newport Coast’s Crystal Cove. Our legal victory comes before the State agency that regulates water quality, the Water Resources Control Board. In a unanimous decision, the three-member Board ruled that polluted runoff, Orange County’s no. 1 source of water pollution, can no longer be discharged into the Crystal Cove Area of Special Biological Significance (ASBS) or any of the other nearly thirty specially-designated preserves that dot the California coast.


Our victory was based on enforcing a long-ignored section of the California Ocean Plan, which regulates ocean waters in the State. After more than a month of factual research looking back as far as the late 1960s, we prepared a forty-page legal brief that provided the basis for the State Water Board’s action.


The implications of this decision are profound for California’s most precious coastal resources, including those in Orange County. Without legal protection from the most prevalent source of water pollution, special marine areas would slowly degrade, losing the very qualities — crystalline waters and rich marine life — that is our coastal heritage.


This accomplishment was the first major win scored by our recently established project with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). Defend The Bay is proud to be able to add this contribution to the work of many Orange County activists who banded together last year to preserve and protect one of our State’s most exquisite coastal environments. With your support, we hope that there will be many more victories for the environment to come.

If you would like a copy of the Court’s decision,
or press accounts of this exciting legal victory, please contact

4101 Birch Street, Suite 150
Newport Beach, California 92660
Information@DefendTheBay.org
Tel. 949-757-0017