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  • Paul Jenkin
    Watershed News: Matilija Dam Update County officials are preparing to convene a process to bring stakeholders back together following the disastrous response
    Message 1 of 4 , May 20, 2010
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      Watershed News:

      Matilija Dam Update  
      County officials are preparing to convene a process to bring stakeholders back together following the disastrous response to the Upstream Storage Area proposal.  Despite the clear community opposition to this idea, in their presentation at Watershed U last week the Army Corps still appears to be stuck on the idea of moving sediment upstream and constructing a 'permanent' landfill in the high-energy floodplain of Matilija Creek.  The project manager said he is still working on a response to our letter(s) sent in February and April this year.  
      Our comment letters are on the Matilija Coalition website: http://matilija-coalition.org/comments2.htm 

      Surfers Point Project
      After almost 20 years, a solution is in sight for Surfers' Point beach at the mouth of the Ventura River. The 'Managed Shoreline Retreat Project' is on track for groundbreaking after labor day, 2010. The construction window is September 7, 2010 - May 27, 2011 to avoid the summer holiday season and the County Fair.  A public access plan has been completed to assure continuous beach access during construction, as required by the Coastal Commission permit.

      Steelhead Monitoring Program
      We recognize that the endangered southern steelhead is an indicator for the health of our watershed.  Over the past few years we have been supporting ongoing scientific surveys of steelhead population and habitat on the Ventura River.  The Matilija Coalition was successful in a grant application to continue these studies in 2010-2011, and work has already begun with the help of Patagonia and OneSurfFly.  All of these studies are on the Matilija Coaltion websitehttp://matilija-coalition.org/publications.htm

      Surfrider Ocean Friendly Gardens
      Our program for residential stormwater awareness and improvements is ramping up.  We are planning workshops and workdays starting this summer and fall.  Stay tuned for more on this exciting way that you can make a difference through "CPR" - conservation, permeability and retention of stormwater through landscaping your own property. 

      Ojai Creek Restoration Project
      The Ojai Valley Green Coalition announced another successful grant application to continue their work on the urban creek in Ojai.  Volunteer works days in 2009-2010 were successful in restoring a short section of the creek, and this funding will allow the project to continue to work its way downstream.

      Wild River Dance Video Contest
      International Rivers created this quirky contest to highlight how people love their rivers. The Ventura River appears in the winning entry. Visit the International Rivers website to view:   http://www.internationalrivers.org/en/node/5372


      Watershed Events:

      Thinking like a watershed ... "Cyle of Insanity: The Real Story of Water" 
      May 26, 2010, 7:00 PM at the Chaparral Auditorium, 414 E. Ojai Avenue in Ojai
      Thinking like a watershed is what Brock Dolman of the WATER Institute would like all of us to start doing. On May 26 he’ll be in Ojai to speak on water issues and comment on a 20-minute documentary produced by the Surfrider Foundation called Cycle of Insanity: The Real Story of Water.  An event sponsored by the Ojai Valley Green Coalition.
      An event not to be missed!


      EDC’s 17th Annual Auction & Environmental Hero Awards Presentation
      June 6, 2010, 2:00-5:30 P.M
      Paul Jenkin, a Ventura activist, organizer and leading force behind innovative watershed based environmental planning along the Ventura River, beaches and coastline.


      As always, check the blog for the most recent information about the Ventura River Watershed!


      Please contact me if you have news and events for future e-news

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      Paul Jenkin
      Surfrider Foundation - Ventura Campaign Coordinator
      805-648-4005     pjenkin@...







    • Paul Jenkin
      Surfers Point cleanup In what is probably the biggest beach cleanup in Ventura County history, contractors last week made progress on demolition work at
      Message 2 of 4 , Oct 21, 2010
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        In what is probably the biggest "beach cleanup" in Ventura County history, contractors last week made progress on demolition work at Surfers' Point. Piles of concrete, asphalt, and rocks accumulated rapidly with the work of heavy machinery.




        3 vying for 1 seat on Casitas Water District board
        Rich Handley will step down from Casitas board - three newcomers — Mary Bergen, J.D. Drury and Bob McDonald — are vying for the open seat in the Nov. 2 election.

        http://www.vcstar.com/news/2010/oct/07/3-vying-for-1-seat-on-casitas-water-district/

        Levee policy change sought 

        U.S. regulations require county to remove plants

        Citing a previous mitigation site on the Ventura River where steelhead have been documented, Ventura County will join other jurisdictions statewide to attempt to get the Corps of Engineers to 'revisit' the issue.  

        "One example lies in a two-acre area along the Ventura River, south of Matilija Dam. Endangered species are starting to thrive in the area, which was only restored in 1999, Camacho said."

        http://www.vcstar.com/news/2010/oct/19/levee-policy-change-sought-us-regulations-county/


        Ventura divides Public Works, creates water department

        Ventura this month split its Public Works Department in two with the creation of a new water utility department to focus on increasingly complex city water, wastewater and storm water responsibilities.

        The city now spends about $40 million annually providing fresh water to homes and businesses, treating used water supplies and coping with runoff and trash that flows into the Pacific Ocean and Santa Clara and Ventura rivers. To put that in perspective, the $40 million enterprise budget for water-related functions is now half the size of the city’s $80 million total operating budget.


        Read more: http://www.vcstar.com/news/2010/oct/18/ventura-divides-public-works-creates-water/
        - vcstar.com 



        Shellfish harvesters warned of domoic acid near Channel Islands
        Officials are warning people to not eat some kinds of seafood harvested off the Channel Islands because of a recent outbreak of domoic acid.  Recent tests found increased levels of domoic acid in mussels, clams, scallops and parts of crab and lobster.


        Star probe turns up more about channel oil firms
        Signal Hill, which owns an oil lease just off Carpinteria, is $50 million behind on the bond it has been fighting for more than three years.... the various companies have paid a $450,000 criminal fine for storing potentially explosive natural gas under Highway 101, earned the worst record for violating basic operating procedures, and faced potential revocation of their lease by the state. ...All this comes as an 11-year-old ongoing lawsuit contends that the myriad businesses are controlled by Santa Barbara brothers Richard and Robert Carone, who are using them to hide their assets to avoid potentially paying $36 million in damages from a Texas lawsuit that is being appealed.





        State of the State’s Wetlands Report
         

        The California Natural Resources Agency released the second State of the State’s Wetlands report which summarizes the progress made by many state agencies, public and private partnerships, and the federal government to protect, restore, and monitor California’s diverse wetland resources from 1999 through 2009. It can be downloaded from the Natural Resources Agency’s Web site at http://www.resources.ca.gov and the California Wetlands Portal at http://www.californiawetlands.net.  




        EVENTS:

        Tonight in Santa Barbara:  Cycle of Insanity

        Santa Barbara CHAPTER MIXER, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 21 @ SOhO 6:30PM 

        The short film "The Cycle of Insanity: The Real Story of Water", connects the impacts of our current water management system to coastal issues and offers common sense solutions to illustrate how we can make progress toward sustainability in water and wastewater management. 

        FREE GOURMET PIZZA prepared by SOhO 
        NO HOST BAR 
        SB SURFRIDER MIXER AFTER PARTY WITH LIVE MUSIC "THE GOODLAND" 8PM 



        Technical Train the Trainer (T3) Seminar: 

        This is a full day seminar for either the landscape professional or serious home gardener.

        When: Friday November 5th, 7am–4:30pm

        Cost: $200 - includes organic breakfast, lunch and reception with refreshments following seminar

        Registration or more infowww.greengardensgroup.com

        Location: WAV Apartments 175 South Ventura Avenue, Ventura, CA 93001

        For more info email: vcsrf.oceanfriendlygardens@...

         
        Garden Assistance Program (GAP) Workday
        A learning opportunity for both novice and professional: We will be constructing a dry stream bed and redirecting the rain gutter downspout into it.  We’ll be using native plants and installing drip irrigation too.  Come, learn and help by doing some hands on work (as much or as little as you'd like). Light lunch will be provided.  All are welcome.
         When: Saturday November 6th, 10am–4pm
        Cost: free
        Call to sign up and for location: Jill Sarick Santos @ 805-652-4501






      • Paul Jenkin
        News: Surfers Point The Surfers Point Managed Shoreline Retreat project is well underway. Tons of cobble and sand are being imported daily. Read more about
        Message 3 of 4 , Dec 2, 2010
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          The Surfers' Point Managed Shoreline Retreat project is well underway.  Tons of cobble and sand are being imported daily.  Read more about construction of the cobble berm here:   


          Ojai Quarry: owner fails to get violations overturned, appeals to Supervisors

          Quarry owner Larry Mosler lost his bid Thursday to get the county Planning Commission to overturn 14 violations assessed against his mine north of Ojai.  Voting 4-0 with one commissioner absent, the panel sympathized with Mosler’s struggle to meet layers of federal, state and local rules. But commissioners concurred he was responsible for the violations cited by the county planning staff. Read more: http://www.vcstar.com/news/2010/nov/18/quarry-owner-fails-to-get-violations-overturned/

          County planners have cited the Mosler Rock/Ojai Quarry for 14 violations, all of which were upheld Nov. 18 by the Ventura County Planning Commission.  Planning Director Kim Prillhart has said she would like to settle as well but that Mosler needs to amend his permit if he wants to operate outside the conditions.  Read more: http://www.vcstar.com/news/2010/nov/24/owner-of-ojai-quarry-appeals-decision-on-alleged/


          More on the history of this issue:  http://www.venturariver.org/search/label/Ojai%20Quarry


          Ozena gravel mine is shutting down and reverting to farmland
          The mine is in Lockwood Valley, a rugged area more than an hour’s drive north of Ojai.  The closure was hailed by a citizens group called Stop The Trucks, which has long opposed mining trucks traveling south on Highway 33 through Ojai.





          About 50% of the water used inside U.S. homes can be reused to irrigate landscapes and flush toilets, according to a greywater report released by the Oakland-based Pacific Institute  last week. The Overview of Greywater Reuse examined the application of greywater systems worldwide to determine how the wastewater generated from sinks, baths, showers and clothes washers could be reused to reduce demand for more costly, high-quality drinking water.





          Governor wants Plastic Bag Bill reconsidered

          Giving new life to a defeated bid to ban plastic grocery store bags, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger urged lawmakers Monday to reconsider the measure.

          Read more: http://www.sacbee.com/2010/11/30/3220234/schwarzenegger-wants-platic-bag.html




          Upcoming Events:

          Marine Life Protection Act to be Presented and Discussed at the December Surfrider Meeting

           Ventura, CA.  December 7th 2010

          The Ventura County Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation will host a short presentation and open discussion about the Marine Life Protection Act.  Joe Geever, Surfrider Foundation’s Policy Coordinator and former commercial fisherman, will summarize the process for establishing a network of Marine Protected Areas from Point Conception to the Mexican border. We will hear how Surfrider Foundation participated in developing several alternatives for this network of “MPA”s, which alternative our chapters in the region support, and why. Much like this country’s historic efforts to establish our National Park system, these alternative proposals resulted from a difficult effort to balance avoiding major displacement of our local fisheries while also setting some fully protected areas aside for their relatively undisturbed natural values.   This is an important meeting to attend because the California Fish and Game Commission will be making a final decision on implementing the Marine Life Protection Act in this region of the coast on December 15 in Santa Barbara.  The presentation will begin at 7pm on Tuesday December 7th in the Topping Room of the E.P. Foster Library.  The library is located at 651 East Main St, Ventura.



          29th Annual Salmonid Restoration Conference
          March 23-26, 2011 in San Luis Obispo, CA
          Salmonid Restoration Federation will host the 29th Annual Salmonid Restoration Conference March 23-26, 2011 in San Luis Obispo, California. The theme of the conference this year is “Restoring Salmonids - Holding the Line on Species Decline.” 
           
          The Plenary Session will feature Michael Pollock from the Northwest Fisheries Science Center of NOAA Fisheries who will discuss working with beavers to restore salmonid habitat. Paul Jenkin from Surfrider Foundation and Matilija Coalition will discuss an integrated ecosystem-management approach to restoring the Ventura River.  This presentation outlines ongoing efforts to implement a vision for sustainable coastal management through a holistic set of demonstration projects including the Surfers’ Point Managed Shoreline Retreat project, the Matilija Dam Ecosystem Restoration Project, Urban Watershed Management, and Integrated Watershed Management Planning.  Lessons learned in the Ventura River watershed are relevant to all coastal communities. Other invited keynotes include visionary salmon thinkers and key legislators who have championed watershed restoration efforts.

          The 29th Annual Salmonid Restoration Conference Agenda and online registration is now available on the SRF website:  http://www.calsalmon.org/


        • Paul Jenkin
          News: Surfers Point The Surfers Point Managed Shoreline Retreat project is well underway. Tons of cobble and sand are being imported daily. Read more about
          Message 4 of 4 , Dec 2, 2010
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            News:


            The Surfers' Point Managed Shoreline Retreat project is well underway.  Tons of cobble and sand are being imported daily.  Read more about construction of the cobble berm here:   


            Ojai Quarry: owner fails to get violations overturned, appeals to Supervisors

            Quarry owner Larry Mosler lost his bid Thursday to get the county Planning Commission to overturn 14 violations assessed against his mine north of Ojai.  Voting 4-0 with one commissioner absent, the panel sympathized with Mosler’s struggle to meet layers of federal, state and local rules. But commissioners concurred he was responsible for the violations cited by the county planning staff. Read more: http://www.vcstar.com/news/2010/nov/18/quarry-owner-fails-to-get-violations-overturned/

            County planners have cited the Mosler Rock/Ojai Quarry for 14 violations, all of which were upheld Nov. 18 by the Ventura County Planning Commission.  Planning Director Kim Prillhart has said she would like to settle as well but that Mosler needs to amend his permit if he wants to operate outside the conditions.  Read more: http://www.vcstar.com/news/2010/nov/24/owner-of-ojai-quarry-appeals-decision-on-alleged/


            More on the history of this issue:  http://www.venturariver.org/search/label/Ojai%20Quarry


            Ozena gravel mine is shutting down and reverting to farmland
            The mine is in Lockwood Valley, a rugged area more than an hour’s drive north of Ojai.  The closure was hailed by a citizens group called Stop The Trucks, which has long opposed mining trucks traveling south on Highway 33 through Ojai.





            About 50% of the water used inside U.S. homes can be reused to irrigate landscapes and flush toilets, according to a greywater report released by the Oakland-based Pacific Institute  last week. The Overview of Greywater Reuse examined the application of greywater systems worldwide to determine how the wastewater generated from sinks, baths, showers and clothes washers could be reused to reduce demand for more costly, high-quality drinking water.





            Governor wants Plastic Bag Bill reconsidered

            Giving new life to a defeated bid to ban plastic grocery store bags, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger urged lawmakers Monday to reconsider the measure.

            Read more: http://www.sacbee.com/2010/11/30/3220234/schwarzenegger-wants-platic-bag.html




            Upcoming Events:

            Marine Life Protection Act to be Presented and Discussed at the December Surfrider Meeting

             Ventura, CA.  December 7th 2010

            The Ventura County Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation will host a short presentation and open discussion about the Marine Life Protection Act.  Joe Geever, Surfrider Foundation’s Policy Coordinator and former commercial fisherman, will summarize the process for establishing a network of Marine Protected Areas from Point Conception to the Mexican border. We will hear how Surfrider Foundation participated in developing several alternatives for this network of “MPA”s, which alternative our chapters in the region support, and why. Much like this country’s historic efforts to establish our National Park system, these alternative proposals resulted from a difficult effort to balance avoiding major displacement of our local fisheries while also setting some fully protected areas aside for their relatively undisturbed natural values.   This is an important meeting to attend because the California Fish and Game Commission will be making a final decision on implementing the Marine Life Protection Act in this region of the coast on December 15 in Santa Barbara.  The presentation will begin at 7pm on Tuesday December 7th in the Topping Room of the E.P. Foster Library.  The library is located at 651 East Main St, Ventura.



            29th Annual Salmonid Restoration Conference
            March 23-26, 2011 in San Luis Obispo, CA
            Salmonid Restoration Federation will host the 29th Annual Salmonid Restoration Conference March 23-26, 2011 in San Luis Obispo, California. The theme of the conference this year is “Restoring Salmonids - Holding the Line on Species Decline.” 
             
            The Plenary Session will feature Michael Pollock from the Northwest Fisheries Science Center of NOAA Fisheries who will discuss working with beavers to restore salmonid habitat. Paul Jenkin from Surfrider Foundation and Matilija Coalition will discuss an integrated ecosystem-management approach to restoring the Ventura River.  This presentation outlines ongoing efforts to implement a vision for sustainable coastal management through a holistic set of demonstration projects including the Surfers’ Point Managed Shoreline Retreat project, the Matilija Dam Ecosystem Restoration Project, Urban Watershed Management, and Integrated Watershed Management Planning.  Lessons learned in the Ventura River watershed are relevant to all coastal communities. Other invited keynotes include visionary salmon thinkers and key legislators who have championed watershed restoration efforts.

            The 29th Annual Salmonid Restoration Conference Agenda and online registration is now available on the SRF website:  http://www.calsalmon.org/


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