Miocean is celebrating our first 10 years with an evening of cool jazz. Join us on September 21, 2012 at the Dana Point Ocean Institute as we recognize achievements and applaud future projects. Enjoy hors d'oeuvres, wine & cocktails and an intimate performance by world famous jazz musician Rick Braun.
This is a very limited event, so call or email Diana Cheek to reserve your spot. 949.271.4386 firstname.lastname@example.org
2012 Blue42 Bulletin
This spring we will not be having our traditional "Blue42" gala at the St. Regis Resort. Although it always sells out as a great party, our Board decision to focus our key resources on Miocean's mission at this critical time is one we trust you will embrace.
We plan to have a smaller, but equally fun, "thank you" event this fall at the Ocean Institute. We began our mission there ten years ago and will return for this anniversary milestone. We hope you will join us, so watch for the invitation while you enjoy a great summer in the clean ocean water!
Breaking Ground on The Santa Ana River Treatment Wetlands Project
On Thursday, July 14, 2011, Miocean Chairman, Pat Fuscoe spoke at the ground breaking ceremony for the Santa Ana River Treatment Wetlands Project at Fairview Park. The first phase of the project, including restoration of constructed wetlands, grading of ponds and initial planting in a 17-acre area was completed in Fall 2010.
During 2011-2012, an "eco-friendly" system -- comprised of a series of native habitat plantings that provide natural filtration -- will treat as much as one million gallons of urban runoff daily, which will be diverted from the Greenville Banning Channel -- one of OC's "dirtiest" flood control channels. It is expected to be fully operational by Spring 2012.
2011 Miocean Blue42 Special Honorees: Greg & Barbara MacGillivray
IMAX filmmaker Greg MacGillivray, MacGillivray Freeman Films, has produced some of the most popular films in the genre including hits like Everest and the Academy Award-nominated film The Living Sea. Together with his wife Barbara, MacGillivray recently launched the One World One Ocean Foundation dedicated to changing the way people see and value their oceans. The Foundation is planning a global, multi-media One World One Ocean campaign that will use the power of film, television, new media, social action and grassroots educational programs to inspire, educate and connect millions of people worldwide in a common purpose: to restore and protect the health of the ocean.
The 2011 Miocean Blue42 Celebration is June 3, 2011
Each year, we gather to support Miocean's efforts at our annual Blue42 celebration. Last year, hundreds attended and contributed to this amazing event. This year's event, which is held outdoors on the lawn of the St. Regis Hotel, Monarch Beach, promises to be even more exciting, with live and silent auction items, and entertainment by the ultimate Beatles tribute band, The Fab Four. This will be a rewarding and enjoyable evening under the stars and all for the benefit of our very own ocean.
Miocean Beach Information Monitors are LIVE on the Web
Recently, 3 new Beach Information Monitors were installed at Doheny State Beach and Huntington State Beach - joining the monitors already on-line at Big Corona del Mar and Newport Pier. Now you can view each monitor live on your web browser. Just use the drop down menu to select the beach monitor you wish to view.
Miocean Beach Information Monitors Featured on KTLA News!
KTLA News at 1:00
Airdate: July 5, 2010
KTLA reporter, Lynette Romero, interviews OC Environmental Health Director, Richard Sanchez and Biologist, Joseph Guzman about the new and faster testing methods that report water quality data live to the Miocean Beach Information Monitor located at Big Corona beach.
Thank You From Miocean!
On June 11, 2010, Miocean supporters gathered for our annual Blue42 gala overlooking the 42 miles of Orange County coastline that we are uniting to protect and preserve.
It was a spectacular evening on the lawn at the St. Regis Monarch Beach, and thanks to the generosity of our Blue42 sponsors, Miocean will continue its important work to reduce urban runoff pollution.
Beach Information Monitor Goes Live!
Miocean identified a need to educate recreational beachgoers of current weather, ocean, and water quality information. While this information can be found on the internet, it is not readily accessible to beachgoers at particular beaches. Miocean has developed an innovative solution to transmit customized beach data on an almost real-time basis to wirelessly connected flat screen monitors installed at popular beaches along Orange County's coastline.
With our first screen installed at Big Corona in Newport Beach, this highly informative signage will effectively inform beach goers about current surf conditions, water temperature, tidal conditions, and water quality sampling results at the beach where the monitor is located. In addition, the screens are designed to raise awareness among beachgoers and offer tips to reduce urban runoff pollution.
Miocean Featured on KABC News!
Eyewitness News at 5 PM
Airdate: May 13, 2009
KABC reporter, Eileen Frere, interviews Miocean Board Members, Martyn Hoffmann and Keith Ross. Timmy Turner tells his incredible story of surviving a life threatening staph infection that he contracted in Huntington Beach. In addition, Mary Anne Skorpanich, director of the OC Watersheds Program, describes how the facility operates.
Seaside Solution: Salt Creek Ozone Disinfection
Due to contaminated urban runoff from the Salt Creek Watershed, bacteria concentrations were far exceeding both Federal and State standards at Salt Creek Beach, preventing swimmers from enjoying this beautiful stretch of coastline. The polluted water from nearby residential and light commercial zones carried fertilizers, animal waster, bacteria and detergents to Salt Creek's outlet to the Pacific Ocean.
Coast Magazine Interview: July 2004
Locals called it Polio Pond. The result of miles of urban runoff, this mix of toxins and bacteria pooled at the head of Doheny State Beach, just a hundred yards from the surf line, and posed a serious threat to beachgoers and swimmers. In addition to attracting unsuspecting children to play in the water, during rains or high tides, the toxic mix would overflow into the nearby surf, forcing county health officials to label Doheny waters as polluted over 100 days a year.