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506Ventura Watershed News and Events

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  • Paul Jenkin
    Jul 28, 2011

      Elwah Dam Removal Underway in Washington

      There was a time when it seemed Matilija Dam would be the first large dam removal in the world.  But as progress stalled locally, final plans were completed on the Elwah River in Washington state.  Now the reservoirs behind two dams are being drawn down in preparation for the start of dam removal Sept. 17. Taking out Elwha and Glines Canyon dams on the river is part of the $325 million Elwha restoration program now under way, intended to restore the ecosystem and bring back the river's legendary salmon runs.

      Ventura River Arundo Update

      Herbicide retreatment in the Ventura River and Matilija Cyn watershed began again this week, and will continue from July 25th – Oct 28th, 2011.  (Three retreatments back to back will take place during that time.)  And next spring the County will start up again April 23rd, 2012 – Sept 2012, (again 3 retreatments back to back).

      Despite six applications over the past 3 years, and a cumulative total of 3,105 gallons of the herbicide 'Aquamaster,' the giant reed (Arundo donax) continues to resprout.  
      Residents of Ojai and Matilija Canyon have expressed concern over this, and recently called attention to a new report that shows that the chemical may cause birth defects:  http://www.scribd.com/doc/57277946/RoundupandBirthDefectsv5 
      Huffington Post article:


      Our Common Waters

      Patagonia’s environmental campaign, Our Common Waters, spotlights the need to balance human water needs with those of animals and plants. Features Yvon Chouinard, Stream Team volunteer Steve Wages, and more...


      Healing Our Watershed: Wild About Ojai, July 30th
      July 30, 2011, Saturday, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
      OVLC Conservation Director, Brian Stark, will moderate and be joined by other Ventura River watershed experts.  The panel will be comprised of four people with varied fields of expertise.  The forces that formed the Ventura River watershed will be covered by Dr. Ed Keller, Professor of Geological Sciences and Chair of Environmental Studies at UCSB.  Professor Keller has studied and published papers on the river and its geology.  Mark Capelli is the Recovery Coordinator for the National Marine Fisheries and will talk about restoration efforts, especially as they pertain to the California steelhead.  Ben Pitterle head of the Channelkeepers Stream Team and one of the most knowledgeable people about water quality on the river will give an update the river’s progress. 

      The panel will be held at the River Steelhead Preserve will be followed by a hike. Don’t miss this chance to learn about current Ventura River protection efforts. 

      For more info and to RSVP: 

      Ventura Hillsides Music Festival 
      Arroyo Verde Park, Sunday, September 25, 2011
      For the ninth year, the Ventura Hillsides Conservancy will present the annual Ventura Hillsides Music Festival in Arroyo Verde Park, Sunday, September 25, 2011. Three stellar musical performers will anchor the bill: Texas R & B from the Fabulous Thunderbirds, sweet southern gospel and soul from the Blind Boys of Alabama and an eclectic tour of world music with multi-instrumentalist and frequent Jackson Browne cohort,David Lindley. Additional special guests will be announced at a later date.