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468News and Events October 2010

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  • Paul Jenkin
    Oct 1, 2010


      Despite lingering concerns, the Ventura County Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation will not appeal the September 22, 2010 approval of the Hwy 101 HOV widening project by the Ventura County Board of Supervisors to the California Coastal Commission. 
      More info:  

      Surfers Point update: Short delay on Ventura beach project

      A long-awaited project to replace a crumbling bike path along Ventura’s coast was set to begin Monday but remains on hold because contractors are ironing out paperwork, city and company officials said Wednesday.

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      Ventura group aims for river estuary acquisition

      Conservancy leads plan to get rid of non-native plant species


      Wednesday, September 22, 2010

      The Ventura Hillsides Conservancy is broadening its reach into the Ventura River.

      The nonprofit conservancy says it’s on the verge of obtaining a 9-acre parcel in the river estuary near the Main Street bridge that could provide a showpiece property the land trust has long desired.

      The conservancy is now the lead agency behind an ambitious parkway plan to eradicate non-native species and improve public access to the river estuary in the wake of the nonprofit Trust for Public Land pulling out of the county because of budget cuts.

      Officials insist they are committed to preserving and attempting to acquire undeveloped hillsides above Ventura. But they see the parkway plan as an appropriate extension of their mission to canyons, waters and open space that contribute to the unique character and natural environment in the Ventura region.

      Council to reconsider Canada Larga Annexation
      The State’s Fair Political Practices Commission has cleared the way for Ventura Councilman Jim Monahan to vote on the study and potential annexation of Canada Larga into the City of Ventura for development. Mr. Monahan has indicated his support for construction of executive homes and his intention to break the deadlock on the City Council related to including Canada Larga in the Westside Community Plan study. A date has not yet been set for the issue to return to the Council.

      2 supervisors suggest plastic bag ban

      Bennett, Parks say county faces fines for waterways trash


      The county Board of Supervisors on Tuesday looked at ways to keep trash out of major waterways, including a ban on plastic grocery bags.  Supervisors Steve Bennett and Linda Parks advocated the ban to reduce waste going into area rivers, creeks, harbors and the ocean.

      No one else on the five-member board joined Parks and Bennett in advocating the ban, but all were concerned over the cost of treating the waterways.

      Panel pares Freeman Diversion options to 5


      A panel of experts has come up with five solutions on how to make the Freeman Diversion easier for fish to move up and down the river, with the best long-term prospect simply being to tear down the dam on the Santa Clara River.

      However, United Water Conservation District General Manager Mike Solomon said that proposal is not realistic, as many people and farmers have come to rely on the water that is diverted from the river and used to recharge aquifers in the Oxnard Plain.  Instead, one of the four other alternatives —the cheapest of which is $24 million — will likely be implemented in the coming years, he said. 

      See below for upcoming presentation on this issue.



      Stream team
      Saturday October 2, 2010  9am-1pm
      Ventura River Stream Team meets at the Surfrider office at 239 W Main St

      Ojai Valley Green Coalition
      Green Home & Building Tour 

      On Saturday, October 2, 2010 the Ojai Valley Green Coalition will hold its second Green Home and Building Tour, with the added bonus of a green home show. Visitors will learn the latest in green building techniques.

      Tour brochure pick-up and home show located at Ojai Valley Inn & Spa Ojai Avenue property next to Rotary Community Park and across from Ojai Valley School. Formerly the Ford dealership lot

      Tour: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Show: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

      Join Us October 1 for Our Pre-Tour Reception
      or phone (805) 669-8445

      Vern Freeman Diversion Dam Fish Passage 
      Presented by members of the Independent Fish Passage Panel 
      When: October 18, 2010, 2-5pm 
      Location: Courtyard by Marriott 
      600 Esplanade Drive 
      Oxnard, CA 93036 

      October 20, 7pm, 2010
      Arlington Theater, Santa Barbara
      With New Zealand film-maker, surf pioneer & physicist Clive Neeson (Q&A after the film)

      Surfrider Ocean Friendly Gardens:

      Friday Nov 5, 2010

      Train the Trainer Seminar from 8am to 7pm
      Cost: $200 -
      there are several 50% scholarships available from Ventura Surfrider - email vcsrf.oceanfriendlygardens@... form more info
      LOCATION: WAV Apartments 175 South Ventura Avenue, Ventura, CA 93001-2774
      Topics include water budgeting, designed water use, plant factor design (MWELO), soil remediation, storm water pollution prevention (AB 1834), urban watershed restoration, habitat creation and residential property stewardship.
      This one-day seminar and exam is conducted specifically for professionals and advanced home gardeners who are interested in becoming qualified to teach basic level classes or workshops for G3, the Green Gardens Group.
      Successful completion of the six and a half hour class and one hour exam qualifies the participant for in-classroom training for presenting the following classes:
      * Surfrider Ocean Friendly Gardens Basics Class
      * G3 Attainable Sustainable Gardens Basics Class
      * Site Analysis Hands-on Workshop
      For more information or to register visit: www.greengardersgroup.com

      Saturday Nov 6, 2010

      Gardens Assistance Program (GAP) work day
      Cost: free

      Location: please register for the location, call Jill Sarick Santos at 805-652-4501
      Get hands on experience helping to create berms and swales to capture rainwater and prevent runoff at the home of our Hands on Workshop location 

      Sunday, November 7, 2010
      Patagonia Annual 'Salmon Run'
      The annual fun run take place on a certified 5K course on a flat dirt road along the Ventura River.  This year's proceeds will benefit the Environmental Defense Center: http://www.edcnet.org/