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October 3, 1999 | SCOTT GOLD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was just past midnight on March 3, 1938, when Edna Wisser gingerly walked into her daughter's bedroom to wake her up, and to show her what nature looks like on a bender. "Mother woke me up sometime in the darkness of the night," said Marion Harvey, now 78, an Anaheim High senior at the time. "Very calmly, she said: 'I want you to look outside your bedroom window, because something is happening that you will never see again.' " She was right.
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March 11, 2014 | By Jill Cowan
Orange County is planning to receive about $83.2 million in federal money over the next two years to fund watershed and flood-control projects, including the massive effort to reduce the potential for flooding along the Santa Ana River. While the federal government has already authorized $45.9 million for this fiscal year, an additional $37.3 million is slated for approval with the 2015 federal budget, according to a list of recommended projects the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released Tuesday.
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April 20, 1986
Recently while driving along the Santa Ana River in Anaheim I was amazed to see so much water flowing toward the ocean. The heavy runoff had washed through the Orange County Water District's sand levees, used to hold the water until it can be percolated underground to recharge the ground-water basin. After some checking, I learned that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was releasing water through Prado Dam, enough water to provide the needs of about 7,000 people, or the entire community of Villa Park, for a year.
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April 30, 2013 | By Joseph Serna and Richard Winton
California Highway 38 near Angelus Oaks in San Bernardino County was open Tuesday after being closed for four days by a tanker truck spill that sent 4,000 gallons of fuel onto the road and into a nearby creek that feeds into the Santa Ana River, authorities said. Concerned about the potential environmental damage to the creek and local water supplies, San Bernardino County firefighters and hazardous materials teams built a dirt dam to prevent the fuel's spread downstream after the Friday crash.
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November 16, 2003
Nature often finds a way, even after man's clumsy interference. That's what scientists are counting on when they reopen the Bolsa Chica wetlands to the ocean, after it was closed off decades ago to make for better duck hunting. It's a different story in the case of the lower Santa Ana River, where nature has been particularly rough and the Army Corps of Engineers has set up concrete levees and made plans to raise dams.
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January 28, 2010 | By Monte Morin
Authorities are trying to identify the body of a man discovered Wednesday on the shore of the Santa Ana River near Huntington Beach that appeared to have been in the water for days. The Orange County Sheriff's Department said the man appeared to be in his mid-20s and was wearing only shorts and a thin T-shirt. Authorities suspect that he may have been swimming or rafting in the river during last week's storms, according to sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino. Investigators said they did not believe the man was a transient because of the clothes he was wearing.
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November 11, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
An off-duty Orange County sheriff's deputy found the body of a man lying face-down in the Santa Ana River on Wednesday, but there was no immediate indication of foul play, authorities said. "It appears it's not going to be a homicide," said sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino. The body, which has not been identified, was found shortly before noon near Glassell Street and Lincoln Avenue in Orange, said sheriff's Lt. Larry Abbott. An autopsy will be conducted, officials said.
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April 16, 1992
Sheriff's Department divers searched the waters of the Santa Ana River for about three hours late Wednesday, looking for a man who may have drowned as he and three friends were trying to wade across the channel. Sheriff's Department investigators, assisted by Newport Beach lifeguards, went to the mouth of the river about 6:20 p.m. after one of the man's friends flagged down a police officer.
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June 12, 1989 | ROBERT W. STEWART, Times Staff Writer
Two multimillion-dollar dam projects in West Virginia may help Orange County in the coming months squeeze $20 million out of Congress to finally begin construction of the long-delayed Santa Ana River flood-control project. Approved 2 1/2 years ago, but not yet funded, the Santa Ana River project has been designated as a top priority by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The agency has declared the Santa Ana River the worst flood threat west of the Mississippi. Last year, the House of Representatives, seeking to trim the federal budget deficit, decided against financing any of the agency's new water projects, including the Santa Ana River venture.
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July 21, 1985
I am writing in response to your editorial (July 7), "Reaching a Political Pique." In that editorial you incorrectly stated that I was "playing political hardball to protect (my) own interests." In fact, I am playing political hardball to protect the interests of the residents of San Bernardino and Riverside counties. Rather than opposing the flood control project on the Santa Ana River out of political pique, I am opposing it in its present form because it no longer assures that the residents of my district, who will have to pay part of the project's cost, will enjoy the benefits to which they are entitled.
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April 29, 2013 | By Richard Winton and Joe Serna
California 38 in San Bernardino County remained closed Monday near Angelus Oaks after a tanker truck spilled 4,000 gallons of fuel onto the road and into a nearby creek that feeds into the Santa Ana River, authorities said. Concerned about the potential environmental damage to the creek and local water supplies, San Bernardino County firefighters and hazardous materials teams built a dirt dam to prevent its spread downstream after the Friday crash. A 4.8-mile stretch of the highway from Angeles Oaks to Cedar Falls east of Onyx Summit was closed until further notice, a spokeswoman with the California Department of Transportation said.
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April 26, 2013 | By Richard Winton
California 38 near Angelus Oaks will shut down for at least a week and perhaps several weeks after a tanker truck flipped over Friday, spilling 4,000 gallons of fuel onto the roadway and into a nearby creek that feeds into the Santa Ana River, authorities said. Concerned about the potential environmental damage to the creek and local water supplies, San Bernardino County firefighters and hazardous materials teams built a dirt dam to prevent the spread of the fuel downstream. California Highway Patrol Lt. Kevin Porter said the truck's driver told investigators that his load of more than 8,000 gallons of fuel shifted, causing his truck to flip over about 9:30 a.m., a mile north of Angelus Oaks.
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March 1, 2013 | Phil Willon and Robert J. Lopez
A fire scorched about 150 acres of heavy brush in Riverside County on Thursday amid unseasonably warm weather, pushing residents to evacuate their neighborhoods as flames singed the backyards of homes. The blaze quickly spread after breaking out Thursday afternoon along the Santa Ana River bottom between Riverside and an unincorporated part of the county, fire officials said. Flames up to 30 feet high consumed palm trees and thick patches of brush along a jagged half-mile front as firefighters sprayed water on rooftops and residents with garden hoses doused embers in their yards.
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January 28, 2010 | By Monte Morin
Authorities are trying to identify the body of a man discovered Wednesday on the shore of the Santa Ana River near Huntington Beach that appeared to have been in the water for days. The Orange County Sheriff's Department said the man appeared to be in his mid-20s and was wearing only shorts and a thin T-shirt. Authorities suspect that he may have been swimming or rafting in the river during last week's storms, according to sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino. Investigators said they did not believe the man was a transient because of the clothes he was wearing.
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January 13, 2008 | David Reyes, Times Staff Writer
Robert Johnson steered his pickup carefully along an earthen levee ringing the newly renovated wetlands behind Prado Dam, which straddles the Riverside-Orange county border. He braked to watch a red-tailed hawk soar overhead and pointed proudly to young plants already sprouting where earthmovers had recently tracked. "People ask whether we have to plant those bulrushes and cattails out there, and we tell them no. They grow alarmingly fast. By spring this area will look overgrown."
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October 16, 2007 | David Reyes, Times Staff Writer
Extending the 57 Freeway down the Santa Ana River to connect with the San Diego Freeway in Fountain Valley is "potentially feasible" but would cost an estimated $2 billion, according to a study released Monday. The concept was first proposed decades ago to help alleviate congestion and complete an eight-mile extension of the 57 Freeway that has gone unfinished since the early 1960s. The proposed four-lane section of freeway would be elevated above the river.
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August 11, 1991
Orange County's water supply is benefiting from the increased urbanization of San Bernardino and Riverside counties. During the last several years there has been a dramatic increase in the amount of treated waste water (water that was used in homes and then treated in two different treatment plants) from these two counties that has flowed into the Santa Ana River.
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April 16, 1994 | DEBRA CANO
Santa Ana River cyclists will be detoured onto city streets beginning late next week when the bike trail between Warner Avenue and 17th Street closes for the start of construction on the next stretch of the flood-control project. Because of liability and safety concerns by Santa Ana city officials, a bike route was not agreed to until Thursday, county officials said.
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November 15, 2005 | David Reyes, Times Staff Writer
County transportation officials voted Monday to move ahead with plans to extend the 57 Freeway southwest along the Santa Ana River to the 405 Freeway. Extending the 57 is one option being considered to help solve a huge transportation bottleneck known as the Orange Crush, where three freeways merge just south of Angel Stadium.
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September 18, 2005 | David Reyes, Times Staff Writer
For many Southern Californians, the Santa Ana River, which runs from the San Bernardino Mountains to the Pacific Ocean, is not so much a river but a chain link of levees and channels cutting through the urban landscape. But a growing number of municipal and parks officials in San Bernardino, Riverside and Orange counties are seeing the potential for something more. "Flood control will remain a priority for the river," said Orange County Supervisor Lou Correa.
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