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Miocean Foundation

2010 Green Team, continued ...Published: June 01, 2010

Irvine • miocean.org
Founded: 2002
Chairman of the Board and Chief Green Officer: Patrick R. Fuscoe

Orange County is home to 42 miles of coastline and waterways – a lot of room for swimming, surfing, body-boarding and a list of other water sports. But urban runoff and other pollution can also make it a playground for bacteria. And there isn’t a whole lot of money in government coffers to fund diversion projects or other cleanup and prevention efforts. So that’s where the water-loving executives who make up the membership of Miocean come in. They don’t fund research studies or support long-term development projects. Instead, they support municipal and educational projects that need a boost to come to fruition. The foundation has completed dozens of local projects with measurable, visible improvements to local coastal waters, and it’s educated thousands of students about the consequences of urban runoff. Since its establishment, Miocean has committed millions of dollars for water quality-related and educational projects. And the results of their efforts are impressive. More than 1.2 million gallons (the equivalent of two Olympic-size pools) of polluted water are removed from Southern California oceans daily because of Miocean-supported projects, including the North Creek-Doheny Beach Diversion and Salt Creek-Monarch Bay Treatment Plant.

“Our ocean is one of our most precious natural resources, providing countless quality-of-life benefits and playing a key role in California’s $30 billion tourism industry. Through groups like Miocean, we can participate in the worldwide effort to save the planet for future generations and ensure that our ocean remains a source of well-being, enjoyment and vitality for all.”
– Patrick R. Fuscoe, Chairman of the Board of Miocean Foundation

OC METRO'S 2010 GREEN TEAM