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Marine Activist Nets Nonprofit a Big Donor

Local Mike Beanan at the recent awards ceremony.

Laguna Bluebelt ocean activist Michael Beanan received Orange County’s first Cox Conserves Hero Award, earning the Laguna Bluebelt Coalition a $5,000 contribution towards its efforts protecting marine life and restoring coastal habitat.

The award came from the Trust for Public Land and Cox Communications.

While serving as vice president of the South Laguna Civic Association, Beanan worked tirelessly to network among water district and government officials, private industry and environmental groups to push for reuse of Aliso Creek runoff. “The Aliso Creek Project shows what can happen when we work together…as a team,” Beanan said. A planned conservation project will capture 800,000 gallons of Aliso runoff for filtration and beneficial reuse, he said.

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