By On the occasion of our 20th anniversary
By Gustavo Arellano
By R. Scott Moxley
By Alfonso Delgado
By Courtney Hamilton
By Joel Beers
By Peter Maguire
By Charles Lam
• In 2005, there were 480 sewage spills that caused local government officials to close beaches 36 times.
• Median volume of sewage spilled per beach closure: 1,000 gallons.
• Pollutants found in Orange County's ocean waters: feces, streptococcus, enterococcus, intestinal parasites, oils, coolants, grease, paint, asbestos fibers, stucco fragments, radiator and battery fluids, plastic, wood, metal, paper, construction equipment, pesticides, herbicides, living organisms, fertilizers as well as discharges from kennels, stables, recreational facilities, auto shops, gas stations, industrial sites and trash bins.
• A May 1, 2006, accident at the Orange County Sanitation District caused 30 million gallons of sewage to pour into the ocean, closing the waters from Huntington Beach to Newport Beach for two days.