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April 26, 2014
9:00 AM2014 Lower Santa Ana River Earth Day Cleanup Event

OC Public Works and the Newport Beach Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation are teaming up again this Earth Day to keep our beaches and waterways clean. Join us on Saturday, April 26th, to remove trash and other debris from the Lower Santa Ana River before it reaches the beach.

May 21, 2014
1:30 PMNewport Bay Watershed Executive Committee MeetingThis meeting provides a framework for managing water resource issues in the Central Orange County Watershed Management Area.

Mission Statement

To develop regional management strategies to preserve, protect, and enhance coastal resources and surface waters throughout Orange County. A watershed approach considers the entire geographic area that a watercourse drains to address a broad range of issues.


A watershed is the geographic area draining into a river system, ocean or other body of water through a single outlet and includes the receiving waters. Watersheds are usually bordered and/or separated from other watersheds by mountain ridges or other naturally elevated areas.

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