A Marriott Ownership Resorts contractor paid a $31,700 fine to regional water officials for illegally discharging tainted water into the ocean off Crystal Cove State Park.
R.D. Olson Construction of Irvine paid the fine earlier this month for a 7,000-gallon discharge that flowed into a tributary of Los Trancos Creek, which empties into the Pacific Ocean at the state park. The water, which was being used to hose down a time-share construction site, contained heavy metals, detergent, suspended solids and sediment.
"It was clear violation . . . and a rather deliberate act," said Kurt Berchtold, assistant executive officer of the Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board. "They clearly should have known better."
The discharge occurred in June on a 70-acre site above the state park that will house 700 time-shares by 2009.
Olson and Marriott officials declined to comment.
Berchtold said there was no known significant environmental harm, but he said such polluted water can be toxic to marine life.