Press Release July 30, 2018 Oxnard Installs Aerators in Channel Islands Harbor

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 30, 2018

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NEWS MEDIA CONTACTS:
Carri Karuhn, Manager of Media Relations/Community Outreach

805-385-7593, carri.karuhn@oxnard.org

 

Update: Oxnard Installs Aerators in Channel Islands Harbor

Oxnard, California – As part of Oxnard’s ongoing response to the recent water issues at the Channel Islands Harbor, six aerators were installed on the ocean floor at the northeast corner of the Seabridge Public Marina on July 26.

The aerators will be continuously releasing compressed air into the area. From the shore, bubbles can be seen on the surface of the water in the location where the aerators have been placed, but there is no impact to the public and it is completely safe to swim and drive a boat over the water.

In other areas nationwide, aerators have been successfully used to improve circulation and increase dissolved oxygen levels; they were installed in Seabridge as part of a pilot program to better understand the impact aerators will have in those back basin areas where dissolved oxygen levels have been the lowest.

The city is continuing to regularly sample the Harbor and dissolved oxygen levels have continued to improve. The city also collected bacteria samples again on July 23 and those results confirmed the water is not hazardous to human health.

Residents are encouraged to report any odor or discoloration in the Harbor waters by calling 805-797-7958.

PARA PUBLICACIÓN INMEDIATA: 30 de junio del 2018

CONTACTOS CON MEDIOS INFORMATIVOS:

Carri Karuhn, Manager of Media Relations/Community Outreach

805-385-7593, carri.karuhn@oxnard.org

Actualización: Oxnard instala Aireadores en el Puerto de Channel Islands

Oxnard, California – Como parte de la respuesta continua de Oxnard a los recientes problemas de agua en el puerto de Channel Islands, se instalaron seis aeradores en el suelo oceánico en la esquina noreste del puerto deportivo público de Seabridge el 26 de julio.

Los aeradores lanzarán continuamente aire comprimido en el área. Desde la orilla, las burbujas se pueden ver en la superficie del agua en el lugar donde se han colocado los aeradores, pero no hay impacto al público y es completamente seguro nadar y conducir un barco sobre el agua.

En otras áreas en todo el país, los aeradores se han utilizado con éxito para mejorar la circulación y para aumentar niveles disueltos del oxígeno; fueron instalados en Seabridge como parte de un programa piloto para entender mejor el impacto que los aeradores tendrán en esas áreas de la cuenca trasera donde los niveles de oxígeno disuelto han sido los más bajos.

La ciudad continúa muestreando regularmente el puerto y los niveles de oxígeno disuelto han continuado mejorando. La ciudad también recogió las muestras de bacterias el 23 de julio y esos resultados confirmaron que el agua no es peligrosa para la salud humana.

Se recomienda a los residentes que reporten cualquier olor o decoloración en las aguas del puerto llamando al 805-797-7958.

Letters to Regional Water Quality Control Board

THANK YOU!

Thank You to everyone who wrote letters!

Thank you to The City of Oxnard for supporting this effort.

The water board meeting will be held September 13th at 9 am

Carmen Ramirez

Mayor Pro Tem

City Council

300 West Third Street
Oxnard, California 93030
City (805) 385-7430
City Fax (805-385-7595
carmen4oxnard@gmail.com

August 9, 2018
Cassandra D. Owens
Chief, Industrial Permitting Unit
Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board 320 West 4th Street, Suite 200
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Re: Tentative Order Terminating Waste Discharge Requirements and National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit for Mandalay Generating Station

[ Click to read: CRamirez_Letter_to_Cassandra_Owens_8-9-18.pdf ]

From the Working Desk of Bert E. Perello

Oxnard City Councilman

300 West Third Street, 4th Floor
Oxnard, CA 93030
(80s) 240-6194
E-mail: perellobert@gmail.com

 

August 10, 2018
Los Angeles Regional Water Board Members
C/O Rosario Aston, LARWQB Staff Representative           Via E- Mail : rosario.aston@waterboards.ca.gov
Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board
320 West 4th Street, Suite 200
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Attention: Madelyn Glickfeld,Chair
Lawrence Yee, Vice- Chair
Irma Munoz, Member
Charles Stringer, Member
Cynthia Guzman, Member

and: Cassandra D. Owens, LARWQB Chief, Industrial Permitting Unit

Regarding: Notice to Thomas DiCiolli, Plant Manager Dated June 28, 2018
Mandalay Generating Station Tentative Termination of WDRs etc., Oxnard CA
California South LP Mandalay
NPDES No. CA00001180 / CI No.2093

[ CLICK TO READ: Perello_Letter to_LARWQCB_RE_Mandalay_Gen_8-10-18 ]

Harbor Task Force Meeting July 11 2018

Harbor Task Force Meeting July 11 2018

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Harbor Task Force Meeting 7-11-2018

The Oxnard Channel Islands Harbor Task Force committee held a special meeting on July 11, 2018. The purpose of the meeting was to receive presentations on:
     1. The water quality problem, the response, water quality data collected, potential causes and next steps on the Channel Islands Harbor water quality change by Scott C. Johnson – Senior Scientist/Laboratory Director, Aquatic Bioassey and Consulting Laboratory Inc. M. S. Marine Biology, CSU Long Beach and Dr. David A. Caron – Professor of the Department of Biological Sciences, USC, Chief Science Officer of Aquatic EcoTechnologies Inc. Ph.D in Biological Oceanography conferred jointly by the Massachussetts Institute of Technology and the Woods Hole Oceanography Institute.

   2. The shutdown of the Mandalay Power Generating Station re-circulation pumps. As of March 29, 2018 in response to the California State Water Resources Control Board adopted Once Through Cooling Policy on May 4, 2010. The Mandalay Power Generating Station compliance date is December 31, 2020. The shutdown may be a contributing event on the change of water quality at the Channel Islands Harbor. Thien Ng – Assistant Oxnard Public Works Director.

    3. Discuss the two harbor area relevant measures that qualified for the November 6, 2018 election ballot,
a. Seabridge Community LMD assessment reduction. About 27%
b. Harbor Patrol assessment reduction. About 80%.
Ken Rozel – Assistant City Attorney.

Several residents from the harbor area communities spoke at public comment.

Harbor Task Force Meeting – 6PM July 11, 2018

A report from the City on the Harbor Water Quality and all key harbor development items that impact the quality of life on our Channel Islands Harbor. Mayor Tim Flynn and council member Bert Perello lead the Harbor Task Force.

State waterboard Policies and NRG historical data:

Representatives of a team of biologists hired by Oxnard to analyze the water samples taken since discoloration and an odor were first noticed at Channel Islands Harbor a month ago gave a presentation.

Dr. David A. Caron from Aquatic Eco Technologies and Mr. Scott C. Johnson is a a Senior Scientist/Laboratory Director, Aquatic Bioassay & Consulting Laboratories, Inc.

Next Steps

  • Finalize analysis of data collected on July 6th
  • Reduce frequency of City WQ sampling to 2x’s per week
  • Two sampling events remaining on contract:
    • Await potential next event to sample at peak of bloom
  • Install aerators in back basins
  • Establish a Monitoring & Action Plan
    • Install remote sensor(s) to continuously monitor dissolved oxygen, pH and chlorophyll
    • Prepare action plan to mitigate water quality problems

Mandalay Generating Station

  • RWQCB will hold a public hearing for the Mandalay Generating Station permit termination on September 13, 2018 (9:00 a.m.) at the Ventura County Government Center
  • Public comments related to the permit termination will end on August 10, 2018 (5:00 p.m.)
  • Mandalay Generating Station (NPDES No. CA0001180, CI No. 2093), Cassandra D. Owens, Chief Industrial Permitting Unit, Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board, 320 West 4thStreet, Suite 200, Los Angeles, CA 90013

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CALL TO ACTION

LETTERS NEEDED TO
Regional Water Quality Control Board
Deadline August 10th

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Video shot underwater at Seabridge June 2018

 

The video below was shot by Chris Eccles :
The video is Seabridge Marina. The die off is also happening in Mandalay. The smell is is the dead fish. I know because I worked in Ventura Harbor during a major die off some years ago as well and it was enough to make me dry heave. The fish oil coating the boats was an inch thick at the water line. There has been a red tide brought on by the lack of circulation. Have you ever seen a shallow fresh water pond or lake? Green soup? This is going to be the norm. Just wait until the winter rains. The harbor is the drain for all the city run off and the run off from the fields will make these conditions pale in comparison.