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    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
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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/

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