Upper Newport Bay Collection
The restoration and preservation of the Upper Newport Bay as an ecosystem and recreational site is one of Orange County's greatest environmental success stories. And not only has the Bay itself been well preserved, but the history of the struggle to save it is also well preserved in the UCI Libraries.
Langson Library has been actively acquiring documents on the Upper Newport Bay and San Diego Creek ecosystem since 1970. Reports, photographs, maps, manuscripts, and other documents cover all aspects of this key waterway and estuary, including water supply, habitat, pollution control, and restoration activities. Sources include the County of Orange, State of California, private consulting firms, and individual citizens. All told, the documents form a significant primary resource for researching Orange County's ever-changing environment.
Activities that are particularly well documented include the proposed
land swap between the Irvine Company and the County in 1965 that was
intended to pave the way for development; the formation of the Friends
of the Newport Bay (FONB, the activist group that worked diligently to
Most of the material is located in either the non-circulating Orange County collection (within the Government Information collections) or in Special Collections and Archives. Keyword searches of ANTPAC using the phrases "upper newport bay" and "san diego creek" retrieve a total of more than 150 records.