Ventura County, California

Updates from Ventura County Chapter—Protecting our local ocean and beaches from source to surf
August 28, 2014

Plastic Bag Bill: CA Assembly votes YES!

After falling three votes short of passage earlier this week, the single-use plastic bag bill known as SB 270 has passed after reconsideration this afternoon. Led by Senators Padilla, de León & Lara (as well as environmental stakeholders and local government advocates), the California State Assembly Floor voted 44-29.

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August 1, 2014


Snapshot of AUGUST.

NOW – Aug. 10 // OFG EXHIBIT
If you’re at the Ventura County Fair, be sure to check out a great example of an Ocean Friendly Garden at Ventura Growing Circles’ interactive exhibit in the floriculture building. The OFG exhibit is apart of an eco-village installation.

Aug. 12, 6-8pm // GENERAL MEETING @ WAV (Working Artists Ventura) [175 S. Ventura Ave.]
Our general meeting this month will be the second Tuesday (instead of our usual first Tuesday) due to high traffic from the Ventura County Fair. We will be meeting in the courtyard of the WAV building. ALL are welcome to come!

Aug. 16, 8am-4pm // OFG WORKDAY @ Loma Vista Elementary School
This will be the last work date prior to kids returning to school. We will be building gabion benches (wire cages filled with stone or brick with solid top), constructing fences, constructing a bridge, removing nascent weeds.

To sign up, email us:
More information on the OFG Facebook:

Aug. 16, 9am-11pm // MONTHLY BEACH CLEANUP @ C St.
Come clean the beach with Surfrider! Make sure to bring sun protection, water and a smile! Meet on the Promenade by the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Look for the blue Surfrider tent & banner.

To sign up, email us:

Aug. 23, 11am-7pm // VENTURA COUNTY PRIDE FESTIVAL @ Promenade Park
We will be setting up our tent at the only LGBT event in Ventura. We are in need of volunteers to help table at the festival.

To sign up, email us:
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Learn how to save water in your landscape. We’ll be touring Scott and Betsy’s home to see how their landscape is transforming into an Ocean Friendly Garden (OFG) and how you can get involved.

We’ll walk the neighborhood to observe OFG elements that direct and retain rainwater into the landscape while reducing runoff, with climate appropriate plants.

To sign up, email us:
For FULL DETAILS, check out our flier on the OFG Facebook: /VC.Surfrider.Ocean.Friendly.Gardens

Sneak peek into SEPTEMBER.

Sept. 4, 9-11am // AMGEN BEACH CLEANUP @ C St.
If you would like to participate whether it is volunteering or helping cleanup, email us at:

Sept. 13, 6-11pm // PINTS AGAINST PLASTIC @ The W Gallery
[494 E. Main St.]
It’s that time of year again, the 4th annual Pints Against Plastic. Come join us for good Food, Music, Beer & a great cause!

We are still looking for raffle donations, please email us:
For more information visit the Chapter’s Facebook event page: /venturasurfrider

$10 General Admission
$10 for PAP cup & drink ticket
$5 for all drink tickets thereafter

*People buying $10.00 Admission tickets at the Aloha Festival and at the Surfrider Conference will also get a free drink ticket.  They can then pay $5 for a PAP cup.

July 30, 2014

Another Successful Work Day at Loma Vista

THANK YOU to our friends and volunteers who were able come and make our fourth work day a successful one at Loma Vista Elementary.

We are proud to be supporting the Midtown Ventura Community Council’s Adopt-a-School Program once again this year, in the creation of an Ocean Friendly, Native Coastal California Garden.

Last Saturday was spent finishing up the pathway compaction and some minor grading before applying compost tea, sheet mulch, and mulch.

The next work day is scheduled for Saturday, August 16th from 8am – 4pm. And if you cannot make that date, we will be planting the landscape with children from the School on September 6th!

Come join us and learn about OCEAN FRIENDLY GARDENS by helping to install one!!

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July 25, 2014

CA Coastal Native Plant & Ocean Friendly Garden


Ventura County Surfrider Chapter and Midtown Ventura Community Council have combined cultivation forces in building a California Coastal Native Plant and Ocean Friendly Garden. The garden will demonstrate how rainwater from the roof is captured and directed into “bioswales” that allow water to be used as a resource and reduce runoff.

We need you, Ocean Friendlies, to help with this project tomorrow! It will be a beautiful day to learn about how to get rid of grass, annihilate weeds and forge healthy soil using “Sheet Mulching” technique using wood chips, paper and compost tea.

WHEN//Saturday 7/26/2014  @8am-2pm
WHERE//Loma Vista Elementary School – 300 Lynn Drive, Ventura.

Lunch, snacks and drinks will be provided!
Please bring refillable container (for drinks), sunscreen, a hat and comfortable clothes & shoes to work in.


The hardscape and bioswales have been completed! Next step…Sheet Mulching!
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June 26, 2014

ISD Beach Cleanup with Barefoot Wines

On June 21, we partnered with Barefoot Wines in celebrating International Surf Day. Our friends and supporters who came out and not only enjoyed the beach and Saturday’s amazing weather, but helped beautify Ventura’s famous C St.

50 volunteers of all ages spent 2 hours sifting through the sand, dunes and grass. They collected a total of 333 lbs.

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We kept the day going with an after party at the Crowne Plaza to celebrate our amazing volunteers and supporters. Our friends understand the importance and responsibilities of keeping our oceans and beaches clean so that all creatures on this planet can live to enjoy it. We do not simply live on the coast, we live with it.



THANK YOU to our volunteers who came out to celebrate International Surf Day with us!
A big shout out to our partner Barefoot Wines in helping make this day a HUGE success! Check out the Barefoot Wine Beach Rescue Project to see what they’re up to next.

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