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September 25, 2001
A sewage spill in La Habra closed 1,000 feet of Seal Beach shoreline Monday, officials said. A blocked line is suspected of sending about 2,100 gallons of sewage onto Imperial Highway in La Habra, said Monica Mazur, spokeswoman for the Orange County Health Care Agency. About 225 gallons were recovered, but the rest entered Imperial Channel, which drains into Coyote Creek, the San Gabriel River and the Pacific just north of Seal Beach, she said.
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December 8, 2001 | From a Times Staff Writer
A 1,000-foot stretch of Doheny State Beach in Dana Point was closed to swimming and surfing Friday after a 250-gallon sewage spill, county health officials reported. The spill was blamed on a clogged line in a sewage collection system operated by the South Coast Water District. The ocean for 500 feet on each side of San Juan Creek will be closed indefinitely until water quality improves, officials said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 25, 1999 | Chris Ceballos, (949) 248-2150
A sewage spill at Salt Creek in Monarch Beach has forced the closure of 1,000 feet of coastline to swimming and surfing until further notice. A blocked sewer line in the Moulton Niguel Water District collection system caused the spill. The closure includes a portion of Salt Creek County Beach. Information: (714) 667-3752.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 25, 2001
A sewage spill in La Habra closed 1,000 feet of Seal Beach shoreline Monday, officials said. A blocked line is suspected of sending about 2,100 gallons of sewage onto Imperial Highway in La Habra, said Monica Mazur, spokeswoman for the Orange County Health Care Agency. About 225 gallons were recovered, but the rest entered Imperial Channel, which drains into Coyote Creek, the San Gabriel River and the Pacific just north of Seal Beach, she said.
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February 3, 1999 | Jason Leopold, (714) 966-5634
Aliso Beach was closed this week due to a 3,000-gallon sewage spill, caused by a paint can lodged in sewer system pipes, officials said. The Orange County Health Care Agency's Environmental Health Division closed the beach for a quarter-mile on either side of the creek mouth for an indefinite period, spokesman Larry Honeybourne said. Honeybourne said the agency should have preliminary results on the area's water quality today.
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December 16, 1999 | Andrew Glazer, (949) 574-4275
A mysterious sewage leak forced the Niketown store in Triangle Square to close Monday and Tuesday, freezing sales in a prime holiday shopping season. The store reopened Wednesday after the management of the Newport Boulevard shopping center investigated the source of the leak. Claudine Leath, a spokeswoman for Nike's corporate offices, said the company was disappointed to miss out on two hot shopping days at its only Orange County location.
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August 25, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
The Crows Nest Marina in Newport Bay was closed to swimmers Friday after raw sewage being pumped from a ship's holding tanks spilled into the water, officials said. Orange County's Environmental Health Division could not immediately determine how much sewage leaked after the pump's line broke, but said the closure will last at least 72 hours, said Monica Mazur, a county health official. The Harbor Patrol noticed the sewage spill and contacted the health agency at 11 a.m., Mazur said.
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April 21, 2001 | SEEMA MEHTA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A small sewage spill closed 300 feet of shoreline in Laguna Beach on Friday, the 20th time this year that Orange County ocean waters have been off-limits because of untreated human waste, officials said. The county is on pace to break last year's record number of beach closures--it has already tallied half the number of closures for all of 2000, when there were 40 incidents.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 17, 2001 | CHRISTINE HANLEY
For the second time in two weeks and just in time for spring break, a sewage spill has closed Dana Point beaches to swimmers and surfers. The 960-gallon spill, deemed relatively small by the Orange County Health Care Agency, is being blamed on a line blockage at the Seaside Apartment Village about three miles upstream, said Monica Mazur, a supervising environmental specialist at the agency. The spill was the 19th in Dana Point this year.
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September 1, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
A stretch of Huntington Harbour was closed Thursday after a blocked pipe dumped 500 gallons of untreated sewage into the ocean. The harbor near City Channel at Sea Harbour Drive and Coral Cay at Marinabay Drive will be closed for three days, authorities said. The closure is the 33rd this year in Orange County resulting from sewage spilling into ocean water. In the latest incident, the sewage came from a blocked line at a strip mall near Warner Avenue and Pacific Coast Highway.
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August 25, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
The Crows Nest Marina in Newport Bay was closed to swimmers Friday after raw sewage being pumped from a ship's holding tanks spilled into the water, officials said. Orange County's Environmental Health Division could not immediately determine how much sewage leaked after the pump's line broke, but said the closure will last at least 72 hours, said Monica Mazur, a county health official. The Harbor Patrol noticed the sewage spill and contacted the health agency at 11 a.m., Mazur said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 14, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
Parts of Huntington Harbour and Seal Beach remained off limits to swimming and diving Monday because of two sewage spills. The spills occurred Sunday. A 2,000-gallon spill in Huntington Beach forced the closure of the beach near 11th Street, the Admiralty Drive area and Peter's Landing in the harbor. A 6,000-gallon spill in Fullerton wound through several waterways before flowing into the San Gabriel River, which reaches the ocean at Seal Beach.
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April 26, 2001 | STANLEY ALLISON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The leading cause of the sewage spills that have plagued Orange County recently is grease and oil buildup in sewer pipes from restaurants and high-density residential areas, the grand jury reported Wednesday. Although sewage spills do not always result in beach closures, almost all of the closures are the result of contamination from sewage spills into drains or waterways that flow into the ocean, the report stated.
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April 21, 2001 | SEEMA MEHTA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A small sewage spill closed 300 feet of shoreline in Laguna Beach on Friday, the 20th time this year that Orange County ocean waters have been off-limits because of untreated human waste, officials said. The county is on pace to break last year's record number of beach closures--it has already tallied half the number of closures for all of 2000, when there were 40 incidents.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 17, 2001 | CHRISTINE HANLEY
For the second time in two weeks and just in time for spring break, a sewage spill has closed Dana Point beaches to swimmers and surfers. The 960-gallon spill, deemed relatively small by the Orange County Health Care Agency, is being blamed on a line blockage at the Seaside Apartment Village about three miles upstream, said Monica Mazur, a supervising environmental specialist at the agency. The spill was the 19th in Dana Point this year.
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April 11, 2001 | SEEMA MEHTA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A small sewage spill closed a stretch of shoreline at Crystal Cove State Park near Laguna Beach on Tuesday. It's the 18th time this year the ocean off Orange County has been tainted by untreated human waste. Workers with the state Department of Parks and Recreation were conducting an archeological excavation at the El Morro Beach Mobile Home Park when they inadvertently nicked a sewer line. The 2 p.m.
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April 3, 2001 | STANLEY ALLISON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
So they are misdemeanors after all. After Huntington Beach threatened to withdraw its guilty plea for violating water laws because prosecutors insisted the crimes were felonies, the two sides agreed Monday they are, in fact, misdemeanors. The city and prosecutors spent months negotiating a plea agreement after the district attorney and state water officials determined the city had knowingly discharged sewage from its decaying sewer system and had failed to report it.
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