ORANGE COUNTY, CALIFORNIA — Orange County Supervisor Katrina Foley released a statement following news that 140 gallons of raw sewage spilled in Newport Beach on July 30, 2023, resulting in a portion of the bay’s closure near the Aloha Drive/Linda Island bridge. At the time of the release, the OC Health Care Agency (HCA) reduced the bay closure area to 500 feet upcoast of the Aloha Drive Bridge.
“Over the weekend, the OC Health Care Agency closed waters in Newport Beach due to a 140-gallon raw sewage spill,” said Supervisor Foley. “I urge Newport Beach residents, visitors, and tourists to heed public health experts’ warnings and continue avoiding waters 500 feet upcoast of the Aloha Drive Bridge until water quality improves. With summer in full swing, I remain committed to monitoring this situation to ensure we protect public health.”
The spill began when a boat struck a sewage pipe near the bridge. Members of the public and media can review ocean water quality on the HCA website ocbeachinfo.com/newport.
Orange County Supervisor Katrina Foley was elected to the Board of Supervisors in 2022 to represent the newly established District 5, which includes the cities of Aliso Viejo, Costa Mesa, Dana Point, a large portion of Irvine, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods, Newport Beach, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, as well as the unincorporated areas of Coto de Caza, Emerald Bay, Ladera Ranch, Las Flores, Rancho Mission Viejo, Stonecliffe and Wagon Wheel. This is her second term on the Board of Supervisors, where she previously served District 2.
Supervisor Foley’s Board appointments include the Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA), OCFA Legislation & Public Affairs Committee Chair, Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA), Transportation Corridor Agency (TCA), TCA Joint Environmental Committee, Coastal Greenbelt Authority, Newport Bay and South Orange County Watershed Executive Committees, Ocean Institute, San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) Community Engagement Panel, Spent Fuel Solutions Coalition Co-Chair, Law Library Board of Trustees, Orange County Housing Finance Trust Chair, Local Agency Formation Commission (alt), Orange County Juvenile Justice Coordinating Council, and OC Public Libraries Advisory Board.