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City Position on Copper TMDL Proposal by State Board

A state regional water quality board has proposed the City adopt TMDL numbers for Newport Harbor. In a thoughtful comment letter, the City answers with reasons the City cannot not embrace the proposal.

The NMA supports the City of Newport Beach position supporting use of marine antifouling bottom paint which contains copper. We appreciate the time and effort invested in the City's thoughtful, reasonable, well-written response.

Boaters are encouraged to participate in the discussion. An NMA representative plans to attend the meeting and participate.

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Harbor Commission 2016-06-08

For the Wednesday night meeting at 6:30 PM, in City Council chambers at City Hall, the following items are included in the Harbor Commission agenda.

  1. Staff is proposing a program providing free holding tank pump outs for boats on moorings.
  2. Staff is also requesting that the Harbor Commission recommend changing the City’s Municipal Code to give the City or its designee authority to board vessels to inspect the vessel’s marine sanitation device. More details on the reasoning are in the staff report.
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In today’s issue of The Log newspaper (page 15), Ambrosia Sarabia covers the introduction of the ad hoc committee proposal to test floating docks. The majority of council members supported surveying both mooring permit holders and bayfront homeowners to better gauge demand for the project. Nancy Gardner noted that it would be futile to spend about $250,000 testing a project that few people wanted should the pilot project succeed. I haven’t gotten a sense that there is a real burning desire for this, said Gardner. Others noted there was dubious public benefit from the floating docks whatever the cost. Click to the story on The Log.