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ORDINANCE NO. 2001- 24 <br />AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF NEWPORT BEACH <br />RELATING TO THE PROTECTION OF NATURAL HABITAT <br />FOR MIGRATORY AND OTHER WATERFOWL <br />THIS ORDINANCE is made with respect to the following: <br />RECITALS <br />WHEREAS, Newport Beach is home to Newport Bay, one of California's last remaining <br />estuaries that provides natural habitat for dozens of species of migratory birds; and <br />WHEREAS, Newport Bay is an impaired water body under the federal Clean Water Act; <br />and <br />WHEREAS, one of Newport Bay's impairments is for fecal coliform, a bacteria found in <br />warm blooded animals and birds; and <br />WHEREAS, migratory waterfowl and domestic waterfowl both use the Bay to forage for <br />important and nutritional natural food sources, including insects, mollusks and aquatic <br />vegetation; and <br />WHEREAS, experts at Ducks Unlimited, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and the <br />California Department of Fish and Game say that distorting the feeding habitat for <br />waterfowl by supplementing foods like breads, table scraps, and cat or dog food can <br />harm the waterfowl by supplanting non - nutritional foods for foraged foods, by <br />discouraging migration, by creating an environment that increases the prevalence of <br />avian diseases; and <br />WHEREAS, excessive populations of ducks and other waterfowl contribute to the <br />loading of fecal coliform into Newport Bay; <br />NOW THEREFORE the City Council of the City of Newport Beach does hereby amend <br />the Newport Beach Municipal Code by adding Chapter 7.26 to read: <br />Chapter 7.26 — PROTECTION OF NATURAL HABITAT <br />FOR MIGRATORY AND OTHER WATERFOWL <br />7.26.010 Findings <br />The City of Newport Beach finds and declares that: <br />A. the waters of Newport Bay contain important natural habitat for migratory waterfowl and other birds <br />such as ducks, gulls, terns, and pelicans. <br />B. The value of this habitat is maximized when the Bay and its environs are, to the maximum extent <br />practicable, maintained in a manner that replicates the natural environment. <br />C. Replicating the natural environment means improving water quality, maintaining native grasses and <br />plants, and by not supplementing nor removing food to the environment. <br />