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March 2, 1986
Between 50 and 100 gallons of a diesel-type fuel illegally dumped into a storm drain flowed into San Juan Creek on Saturday, some of it emptying into the ocean near Doheny State Beach. Officials said that the substance posed no threat to humans but that it may have an effect on the creek and its wildlife. By late afternoon, workers had vacuumed out the contaminated water, which county firefighters had contained earlier in the day with dirt, sandbags and a floating, absorbent spongelike material.
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May 15, 2010 | By Catherine Saillant, Los Angeles Times
An ailing gray whale that was the focus of a days-long rescue effort in and around Dana Point Harbor beached itself and died Friday at Doheny State Beach. The 30-ton marine mammal, nicknamed Lilly even though its sex wasn't known, had moved sluggishly near the shore throughout the day. The whale washed up at San Juan Creek about 5 p.m., said Brian Stanley, a Dana Point Harbor Patrol dispatcher. "It's incredibly sad," said Dave Anderson, who two days earlier had taken part in the effort to cut away 20 pounds of gill netting from the whale's body.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 2, 1986 | ROXANA KOPETMAN, Times Staff Writer
Between 50 and 100 gallons of a diesel-type fuel illegally dumped into a storm drain flowed into San Juan Creek on Saturday, some of it emptying into the ocean near Doheny State Beach. Officials said that the substance posed no threat to humans but that it may have an effect on the creek and its wildlife. By late afternoon, workers had vacuumed out the contaminated water, which county firefighters had contained earlier in the day with dirt, sandbags and a floating, absorbent spongelike material.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 4, 2005 | Tonya Alanez, Times Staff Writer
San Juan Creek once again is nothing more than a trickle, a comforting fact for Roger York and his neighbors in San Juan Capistrano. Last month, after days of rain, the swollen creek chewed away its concrete embankment and forced about 4,000 residents to leave their homes out of fear that the saturated soil on the bank would give way and allow the creek to crest and flood homes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 19, 1988 | GORDON GRANT, Times Staff Writer
Four south Orange County water districts, affiliated as the San Juan Basin Authority, are studying the possibility of building one or more dams in San Juan Canyon east of San Juan Capistrano to store runoff rainwater that, they say, now "is just wasted" by being allowed to flow into the ocean. One of the proposed dams would be along San Juan Creek just east of Ortega Highway, where it passes through Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 31, 1994 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The mouth of San Juan Creek, a swampy bed of stones and debris lined by concrete and chronically polluted, will have a far different look if some determined South County eco-surfers get their way. Surfer Bill Barnes, who heads the Doheny Longboard Surfing Assn.'s Blue Water Task Force, a volunteer group pushing for restoration, believes the creek can be returned to its natural state--a wetland harboring water grasses, fish and other wildlife.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 13, 1994
San Juan Creek is far less celebrated as a returning site for swallows in San Juan Capistrano every March than the famous mission, located nearby in the downtown area. Almost everybody has heard of the crowds gathered in hopes of seeing the homecoming of a fabled bird. But, in fact, says Monique Rea of the South Coast Audubon chapter, "if you really want to see swallows, come to the creek."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 14, 1994
Some of the most imaginative ideas about being kind to the waterfront have come from the beach up. Through their concern for the quality of ocean water, surfers who are tired of filthy water and beach closures have been demonstrating that there is a touch of the reform impulse to be found in their romantic lifestyles. One such example is in Dana Point, where the mouth of San Juan Creek, now a concrete-lined path for rainwater that also collects debris, is being targeted for restoration.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 1994 | FRANK MESSINA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
When crowds gather in front of Mission San Juan Capistrano every March 19, vainly searching for the mythical swarm of swallows coming home, Monique Rea chuckles to herself. * The South Coast Audubon Society member knows where the swallows can be found, and it's not on a busy downtown street corner like the one where the mission sits.
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April 14, 1991 | LEN HALL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
For some, the rare sight of water rushing beneath Camino Capistrano down San Juan Creek toward the Pacific Ocean is cause to rejoice. But for T.J. Meadows, it is downright painful. Meadows, the general manager of the Capistrano Valley Water District for 37 years who now heads the San Juan Basin Authority, sees that surging water more as a dripping faucet and a lost opportunity. "It's sad, all that beautiful water going out to ocean," Meadows said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 30, 2003 | Dave McKibben, Times Staff Writer
A popular trail and three parks in San Juan Capistrano that were closed over the weekend following a mountain lion sighting remained closed Monday after a second mountain lion was spotted near an equestrian center. By questioning witnesses and examining paw prints, wildlife officials were able to determine that the cougar, which was seen Sunday night, was different from the animal that stalked a man and his young son Thursday, prompting closure of the parks and trail.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 13, 2002 | Stanley Allison, Times Staff Writer
Well, there goes the neighborhood. Four falcons -- put on the county payroll as part of a five-month experiment to rid a San Juan Capistrano landfill of thousands of gulls -- moved in Tuesday and quickly showed who's boss, harassing and bullying the longtime residents. As soon as one of the trained falcons was released, the California gulls, considered a menace by employees and a potential source of bacterial pollution by county officials, took to the air.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 11, 2002 | From Times Staff Reports
A homeless day laborer whose body was found in San Juan Creek last week died from a blow to the head, according to the Sheriff's Department. Deputies acting on a tip found the remains of Noe Beltran on Friday. Officials said the blow was delivered with a blunt instrument but released few other details.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 6, 2002 | Kimi Yoshino
Police are investigating an apparent homicide after a tip led them to a decomposed body near San Juan Creek on Friday. Orange County Sheriff's detectives found a man's body about 1:30 p.m. under the Interstate 5 freeway overpass near San Juan Creek Road, sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 2001 | STANLEY ALLISON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Doheny State Beach is one of the most polluted in Southern California, a 1.3-mile ribbon of shoreline where the county Health Department has posted warning signs more than 100 times so far this year. But help is on the way. Officials plan to erect a sophisticated filtration system near the mouth of San Juan Creek designed to collect large debris and divert runoff before it hits the ocean.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 5, 2000 | Scott Schudy, (949) 248-2153
The South Coast Water District on Thursday will consider ideas for developing 30 acres of property it owns next to San Juan Creek. An advisory committee will present ideas that include office space for research and development, storage areas for boats and park areas. The district has owned the site by San Juan Creek between Stonehill Drive and Pacific Coast Highway for about 35 years. It's presently used for storage of construction equipment, dirt and rock.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 3, 1997 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Board members of the Capistrano Beach Water District on Friday chose not to take disciplinary action against the district's general manager and a supervisor amid allegations that they played a role in the illegal dumping of sewage.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 5, 2000 | Jennifer Kho, (949) 248-2152
The Army Corps of Engineers is working to repair the lining on the sides of San Juan Creek. Sections of the lining collapsed during El Nino storms two years ago. The stream never flooded, but residents were evacuated as a precaution. The lining, originally built in the 1960s, is thin and not long enough to reach the bottom of the creek, said City Manager George Scarborough. During the storms, the bottom of the creek eroded and became deeper until it undermined the lining, he said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 10, 2000 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A state study to conduct genetic fingerprinting of the bacteria contaminating the San Juan Creek watershed in south Orange County won authorization Tuesday from the Orange County Board of Supervisors. The $100,000 study, which the state would pay for, would help scientists and environmental experts determine the threat posed to humans by pathogens near the mouth of the creek as it flows through San Juan Capistrano and onto Doheny State Beach.
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