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Newport Bay Fecal Coliform TMDL Stakeholder Group


A public stakeholder process has been initiated to address bacterial water quality regulations in Newport Bay with respect to Water Contact Recreational (“REC-1”) and Shellfish Harvesting (“SHEL”) beneficial uses. The Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board (Regional Board), Orange County Coastkeeper (OCCK), and the County of Orange (County) solicited applications from interested parties to serve on a Stakeholder Group and represent the following categories/constituencies in the process:

  • Municipal National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Co-permittees (2)
  • Development/Business Community (3)
  • Non-governmental Organization/Environmental Community (2)

In addition to these categories, the stakeholder representatives include:

  • OCCK (1)
  • County/Orange County Flood Control District (1)
  • Regional Board (3)
  • United States Enviromental Protection Agency (1)
  • Southern California Coastal Water Research Project (SCCWRP) (1; advisory role only)

Each Stakeholder Group representative is expected to report back to his or her respective constituency to keep them aware of the Stakeholder Group’s ongoing discussions, issues and conclusions that have been identified and to seek feedback as appropriate. A list of the Stakeholder Group representatives and their alternates and affiliations can be found here.

The Stakeholder Group’s primary role is to develop consensus recommendations to the Regional Board regarding revisions to the regulation of bacterial water quality in Newport Bay. The stakeholder process is managed by a neutral, third-party facilitator (Lewis Michaelson, Katz & Associates) who directs the efforts of the group and sets forth the points upon which the Stakeholder Group has reached consensus, and the points on which the Stakeholder Group has not reached consensus.

The process is anticipated to involve 8-11 meetings over a 24-month period. Meetings will be held at the office of the Southern California Coastal Research Project (SCCWRP). See below for copies of the agenda, meeting minutes and handouts for each meeting.


The next meeting will be held at SCCWRP’s office in Costa Mesa on Thursday, August 24, 2017, from 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM. Stakeholder Group meetings are open to the public, and a short public comment period is provided at the end of each meeting.

Questions regarding the Newport Bay Fecal Coliform Stakeholder Group should be directed to the Group Facilitator, Lewis Michaelson, at LMichaelson@KatzandAssociates.com.

Additional Information

Newport Bay Fecal Coliform Stakeholder Group Mission Statement and Principles of Participation

Newport Bay Fecal Coliform Stakeholder Group Document Repository

Newport Bay Fecal Coliform TMDL

Newport Bay Fecal Coliform TMDL: 2016 Summary of Management Activities (OC Environmental Resources)

Beach Water Quality Workgroup - February 22, 2017 Shellfish Forum Agenda


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