Its’s great that City Council candidates like Judie Mancuso and others are reaching out to knowledgeable locals for sustainable solutions to ocean pollution. As a first step, let’s upcycle Laguna Beach’s 1.67 million gallons per day of wasted wastewater discharged just 1.2 miles offshore for perimeter wildfire protection and routine irrigation to also increase regional water conservation. Now that’s being genuinely water-wise while respecting the health of the ocean—Laguna’s foremost economic driver.
While I will gladly offer emerging solutions to any City Council candidate or brief them on local ocean dynamics, I am not on any candidate’s committee despite recent news articles. I assume every candidate is seeking sustainable solutions to ocean pollution, so affiliation with one particular candidate is unnecessary and may undermine unity and solidarity in advancing responsible, citywide ocean water quality improvements.
Special thanks goes out to all City Council candidates for investing their passion, time and talent to address Laguna’s many pressing challenges while keeping an eye on the prize—the ocean.
Mike Beanan, Laguna Beach