RESTORING AN URBAN WATERSHED

What began as a project to remove a single contaminant from Big Canyon Creek in Newport Beach, California, soon became a lot more. But by the time work was complete, a low cost, multi-benefit green solution had not only solved a long-elusive selenium pollution problem but also restored the badly deteriorated urban creek to its natural condition.

1,200

ACRE COASTAL WATERSHED

6

ACRES OF DEGRADED HABITAT RESTORED

$2.3

MILLION GRANTFUNDED PROJECT
 

PROJECT STATS

Client
City of Newport Beach

Location
Newport Beach, California

CHALLENGE

Concerns about Big Canyon Creek, which drains into California’s Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve, were first raised over a decade ago when testing found that selenium levels in the creek exceeded regulatory standards. Given the cost of treatment options, the City of Newport Beach was presented with a challenge.

Beyond the high cost of treatment, available solution options were not comprehensive, and would do nothing to address the pollutant-laden stormwater runoff from nearby Jamboree Road that also affected the creek.

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Stephen Gruber

Stephen Gruber

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