The Newport Bay Watershed Executive Committee (Executive Committee is the successor to the Upper Newport Bay Sediment Control Executive Committee established through a cooperative agreement in the early 1980s. The Cities of Newport Beach, Tustin, and Irvine, the County of Orange, the State Department of Fish and Wildlife (formerly Fish and Game), and The Irvine Company entered into an agreement to develop and implement a comprehensive program to manage sediment in San Diego Creek and Upper Newport Bay. The Executive Committee was formed by amendment of the cooperative agreement in 1999, and now includes in its interests the impairments of Newport Bay caused by nutrients, toxics, and pathogens in addition to sediment, as well as related environmental enhancements.
As part of the amendment of the cooperative agreement, the Executive Committee expanded its membership by adding the Orange County Flood Control District, City of Lake Forest, the Irvine Ranch Water District, and the Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board. These agencies were added because of their interest in the water quality of Newport Bay and available resources to support the enhancement initiatives.
Members of the Executive Committee are elected, appointed, or executive level managers, with one member from each of the signatories to the agreement (the County member, however, represents both the County and the Orange County Flood Control District). It typically meets four times a year. Meetings are governed by the Brown Act. Staff support is provided by the OC Public Works/OC Watersheds. The Executive Committee provides strategic direction for environmental enhancement programs in the watershed, advocacy of these programs to the elected/appointed boards of the member organizations, and a forum for discussion of watershed environmental issues.
On September 20, 2017, the Executive Committee approved an Executive Action Plan covering planned activities for the period 2017-22. The Plan includes the following elements: 1) The water resource, water quality, and habitat issues facing the Watershed 2) The goals and roles of the Executive Committee 3) The associated costs and financial implications of the watershed issues and their impact on each Executive Committee organization and other Watershed stakeholders
To download the Executive Action Plan, click →here.
March 16, 2016: Newport Bay Watershed Executive Committee Meeting - CANCELLED
Agendas and presentations for the Newport Bay Watershed Executive Committee meetings have been archived and can be found using the DOCUMENT DATABASE LIBRARY. The DOCUMENT DATABASE LIBRARY is a software application that was developed to store and retrieve documents in a searchable manner. Keywords can be used as a filter when using the Name field. Use the following keyword NBWEC or Newport to find agendas and presentations for the Newport Bay Watershed Executive Committee meetings for 2014. Use this link to access DOCUMENT DATABASE LIBRARY.
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