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.
1,200ACRE COASTAL WATERSHED
6ACRES OF DEGRADED HABITAT RESTORED
$2.3MILLION GRANTFUNDED PROJECT
City of Newport Beach
Newport Beach, California
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.