CityFacts: Dana Point

The city of Dana Point was incorporated in 1989.

It was named after an author and lawyer named Henry Dana. His book Two Years Before the Mast describes his nautical journey around Cape Horn. I have never heard of him or the book before today.

Dana Point Harbor started out as a natural harbor, but has been greatly altered by, you guessed it, people.

Dana Point considers itself the halfway point between San Diego and LA.

The water quality of Doheny State Beach is listed as one of the ten worst in California by Heal the Bay.

Dana Point has two large festivals, the Tall Ship Festival and the Festival of Whales.

People were surfing in what is now Dana Point as early as the 1920’s.

Dana Point’s City Motto, chosen in contest sponsored in 2005 is “Harboring the Good Life.” I’m not impressed. For some reason it reminds me of “harboring a fugitive.”

2 Comments so far

  1. water quality division (unregistered) on May 23rd, 2007 @ 1:14 pm

    In response to the water quality at Doheny Beach – please note that is has improved recently. Please also note that the 135 square mile watershed, covering 7 cities and county all the way up to the Cleveland National Forest, poses unique challenges. The City has taken a leadership role in implementing innovative water quality projects- in fact, this weekend a landmark Epidemiology and Microbial Source Tracking Study will start at Doheny Beach. The microbial source identification portion of the study will help determine from what and from where the bacteria is coming, and the epidemiology portion of the study will quantify the risk of swimming at beaches impacted by nonpoint urban runoff and help assess water quality in terms of public health risks.
    “This is the right study at the right time and at the right place,” said John Robertus, Executive Officer of
    the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board. In talking about the San Juan Creek Watershed, he noted that current bacteriological indicators assume the presence of anthropogenic (human-induced) bacteria and this may not be the case at Doheny State Beach.

    For more information on the City’s water quality projects, please see the Paradigm for Water Quality REport on the City’s homepage at:

  2. Gina (unregistered) on May 23rd, 2007 @ 2:05 pm

    That is excellent to know that there will be an intensive study done to help clean the water at Doheny.

    Thank you for the information.

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