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Project: Newport Bay Water Wheel Project

Description: This project will plan and install a Water Wheel in Upper Newport Bay upstream of Jamboree Road Bridge in Newport Beach in the San Diego Creek channel. The project includes both planning and implementation by the City of Newport Beach. The proposed 40-foot long, 30-foot wide, 14-foot high Water Wheel will be fixed to a pile system along the north shore of San Diego Creek.

Reference Number: 0540P01208

Implemented By: City of Newport Beach

Objective: This project will remove floating trash and debris in San Diego Creek before it enters the Upper Newport Bay marine protected area and the Pacific Ocean. The City of Newport Beach estimates that Newport Bay could immediately experience trash load reductions of 50%-80%. In addition to direct benefits to the Upper Newport Bay State Marine Conservation Area located immediately downstream from the project site, downstream and down coast marine protected areas like Crystal Cove State Marine Conservation Area, Laguna Beach State Marine Reserve, and Laguna Beach State Marine Conservation Area will also benefit from improved water quality as a result of the Water Wheel. Located just south of Newport Bay and the Balboa Peninsula, the Robert E. Badham Area of Special Biological Significance (ASBS) and the Irvine Coast Area of Special Biological Significance (ASBS) will also likely benefit from the proposed project.

Type: Restoration

Total Cost: $1,680,000.00

Project Status: Project Implementation

On Time?: Yes    Within Scope?: Yes    Within Budget?: Yes

Estimated Completion: 3/30/2022    Actual Completion:

Associated Counties: Orange

Project Benefits a Disadvantaged Community (or SDAC): No

Contribution SourcesContribution DateContribution Amount
Prop. 1, Ecosystem, Watershed Protection and Restoration1/9/2019$1,680,000.00

Water Action Plan Target

Protect and Restore Important EcosystemsAction Description


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