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December 9, 2000 | THERESA MOREAU
The partially clad body of a young woman washed ashore in Newport Beach early Friday, authorities said. An autopsy indicated that the woman drowned about two hours before a beachcomber found her at about 7 a.m., said Newport Beach Police Lt. Doug Fletcher. "We don't know if it's an accident, a suicide or a homicide," Fletcher said. "Until we have further information, we have to proceed under the worst-case scenario and proceed as if it is a homicide."
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 1, 2000 | Sharon Nagy, (714) 966-5832
The Orange County Health Care Agency reopened Woods Cove Beach on Thursday, closed since a 5,000-gallon sewage spill contaminated the ocean last weekend. The spill, which occurred at 10:25 a.m. Nov. 24 when a sewer line ruptured because it was blocked with roots, closed the beach from Center Street to Rockledge Road. Officials determined that the water met health standards Thursday and opened the beach.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 28, 2000 | Sharon Nagy, (714) 966-5832
A half-mile stretch of beach remained closed Monday after a 5,000-gallon sewage spill leaked into Laguna Beach waters over the weekend. A city sewer line in the 2200 block of Coast Highway ruptured at 10:25 a.m. Friday when it became blocked with roots, a county health official said. The raw sewage seeped from a manhole into the city's storm-drain system and eventually to the ocean.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 17, 2000 | JENNIFER MENA and BRADY MacDONALD, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Scientists who spent more than a year studying the causes of the 1999 Huntington Beach closures on Thursday identified two prime suspects: bird waste from a nearby marsh and sewage flowing from a sanitation outfall. The long-awaited report represents the most exhaustive examination of Huntington Beach's shore contamination problem, which kept the city's famous beaches off limits for much of summer 1999 and dealt a blow to its "Surf City" tourist economy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 17, 2000 | JENNIFER MENA and BRADY MacDONALD, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Scientists who spent more than a year studying the pollution that forced the 1999 Huntington Beach closures said Thursday they have identified two possible culprits: bird waste from a nearby marsh and sewage from a sanitation outfall. The long-awaited report represents the most exhaustive examination of Huntington Beach's shore contamination problem, which kept the city's landmark beaches off limits for much of the summer of 1999 and dealt a blow to its "Surf City" tourist economy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 11, 2000 | SEEMA MEHTA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
More than three-fourths of Orange County's sewer agencies need financial and technical help to update their aging systems, according to a Surfrider Foundation study released Tuesday. The Laguna Beach and Trabuco Canyon water districts ranked among the least reliable and least efficient, while the Cypress, La Habra, La Palma and Rossmoor/Los Alamitos sewer districts received "straight A's."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 12, 2000 | SEEMA MEHTA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Part of Newport Bay was closed to swimmers and divers Monday because of a sewage spill from a leaking pump station for boats, authorities said. Of the 32 beach closures caused by sewage contamination in the county this year, Monday's was the third involving a broken vessel pump-out station, Orange County Health Care Agency officials said. Authorities did not know when the leak began at the Lido Marina Village station or how much sewage was released.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 1, 2000 | DEBORAH SCHOCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A proposal by state and federal agencies to create an inlet connecting the Bolsa Chica wetlands to the sea drew criticism from a number of beachgoers at a Thursday hearing in Huntington Beach on plans for restoring the 1,200-acre marsh. Some expressed concern that a 360-foot-wide inlet would allow tainted urban runoff into the surf, prompting beach closings and endangering swimmers' health.
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