OUR GREATEST ACHEIVEMENT THUS FAR:
• KEEPING SEWAGE OUT OF NEWPORT BAY

• DEFEND THE BAY WINS IRVINE RANCH WATER DISTRICT CASE

• DEFEND THE BAY DEFEATS IRVINE CO./CITY OF IRVINE

• DEFEND THE BAY WINS STATEWIDE PROTECTION FOR CALIFORNIA’S UNIQUE MARINE RESERVES

• DEFEND THE BAY VS. U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY


Defend The Bay Wins Irvine Ranch Water District Case

In Late September, California Superior Court Judge William F. McDonald ruled that the Irvine Ranch Water District (IRWD) violated environmental laws in connection with its planned San Joaquin Reservoir.

Defend The Bay, concerned about impaired water quality and other detrimental effects posed by IRWD’s plan to fill a reservoir with treated wastewater, asked IRWD to study the impacts, as required by the California Environmental Quality Act [CEQA]. When IRWD refused, Defend The Bay took the agency to court.

In what one newspaper called "another high-profile legal victory" by Defend The Bay, Judge McDonald’s order validated our serious objections to the project. The Court agreed with Defend The Bay that the IRWD failed to adequately consider impacts on the environment related to hazardous materials, seismic activity, and water quality, including seepage of treated waste water into drinking water basins. IRWD now must study and mitigate these effects if it wishes to proceed with the project.

For many years, Defend The Bay has been concerned about the impact of IRWD’s operations on Newport Bay. This important decision confirms the importance of Defend The Bay’s vigilant oversight of actions that could pollute the Bay and our coastal waters. Your support of our efforts makes such victories for Newport Bay possible.

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