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  • Paul Jenkin
    Jun 1, 2011
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      “They don’t believe green infrastructure can really solve problems, they think of it as something dreamed up by hippies,”
                   A Natural Resources Defense Council attorney, Ann Alexander, referring to Chicago and its frugal spending on environmentally friendly drainage—$325,000—compared to Cleveland's $42 million.

      Last week city councilman Brian Brennan and Surfrider Foundation's Paul Jenkin accepted the "Friend of the Coast" award on behalf of the Surfers Point Working Group.  The California Coastal Coalition gives the award at their annual 'Headwaters to the Ocean' Conference.  The Conference was held May 24-26, 2011 at the Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa on Mission Bay in San Diego, California.  The conference included a panel on 'Managed Shoreline Retreat', and Paul also presented Towards Ecosystem-based Management, describing the efforts to protect and restore the Ventura River watershed to benefit our coastal resources.

      BEACON is the lead agency on a proposal to construct an artificial surfing reef at Oil Piers.  This is idea that originated when the piers were removed, causing loss of the surf break.  BEACON staff are currently working with the USACOE and ASR Ltd Team to deliver a new project design. Depending on federal funding, the goal is to have the project constructed in 2012.

      Ventura County in line to win $17.5 million for water projects

      Ventura County stands to get $17.5 million in bond funds to boost water supply, prevent flooding and improve the habitat for wildlife under newly released recommendations.  Under the 'Integrated Regional Water Management Plan' grant funding the Ventura River will receive funding for the Ojai Meadows Preserve and the San Antonio Creek Spreading Grounds project:

      - $500,000 to the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy, to replace weeds with native vegetation in the Ojai Meadows Preserve in Meiners Oak. The 41-acre project is expected to help wildlife, curb erosion and stabilize land that drains into wetlands.

      Ojai residents are pushing to switch water supplier

      Ojai residents who want to ditch the city's private water company have submitted nearly 2,000 signatures to the agency they'd rather buy water from.  Golden State Water Co., a subsidiary of American States Water Co., provides water to about 2,800 households and businesses in Ojai. A citizens' group called Ojai FLOW — Friends of Locally Owned Water — is asking the Casitas Municipal Water District, a public agency that provides water to some parts of the Ojai Valley, to buy out Golden State and take over its Ojai territory.

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      UC Hansen Trust selling Ventura property

      In 2008, the Ventura City Council approved a proposal to transform it into six acres of public parks, 131 detached homes, 31 condominiums, open spaces and 20 to 24 units of farmworker rental housing. The property was in the city's sphere of influence and targeted for housing. It was annexed by the city in 2009.

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      Malibu Lagoon Restoration Project & Surfing

      Since the late 1990s, a plan has been underway to restore the wetlands in the Malibu Lagoon. The Surfrider Foundation and our West LA / Malibu Chapter has been involved and supportive of this project since the beginning. In recent months controversy over the project has erupted with concerns about the approach being taken to restore the wetlands and also potential impacts the restoration project may have on surfing at Malibu's famed Surfrider beach. On May 20th, a San Francisco Superior Court judge issued a stay on the project through October 1st, which essentially delays the project for one year because the work can only be done during the summer months to minimize impacts to sensitive species.

      Lessons on Floodplain Management:

      A New Flood, Some Old Truths:  The thousands of people forced to abandon their homes in recent weeks to floodwaters are victims not just of nature but of human error as well. Years of mismanagement of the vast Mississippi River ecosystem — the relentless and often inadvisable construction of levees and navigation channels, the paving over of wetlands, the commercial development of flood plains — have made the damage worse than it might otherwise have been.


      The SBCK Ventura Stream Team will be monitoring the Ventura River during morning (pre-dawn) and afternoon shifts again this month.  Monitoring according to the diurnal cycle (photosynthesis and oxygen) allows us to record dissolved oxygen measurements when they are at their minimum (pre-dawn) and near their maximum (early afternoon); and provides better data for evaluating the impact of algae and the overall health of the river.  Volunteers who would like to partcipate this Saturday must RSVP to Ben Pitterle at the contact/address below.
      Predawn group will meet at 4:20 AM at 239 West Main St., Ventura, next to the Bike Depot.  After sampling, breakfast will be provided to volunteer for this time slot.
      Afternoon group will meet at 12:30 PM at the same location, (though please do not park in the Bike Depot parking lot).  Pizza will be provided after sampling for the PM shift.


      Please call Ben if you have any questions. Thanks and hope to see you this weekend!
      Ben Pitterle
      Watershed Programs Director
      Santa Barbara Channelkeeper
      Office: 805-563-3377 x3
      Cell: 805-636-6189

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