Ocean Friendly Gardens

Meetings – Monthly Ventura OFG meeting is on 3rd Tuesday of the month, next meeting on September 16, 2014 – 6:30 to 7:30 pm at 872 Front Street, #110, Ventura CA 93001

Upcoming Events:

1. Loma Vista School OFG

Dedication – Friday, October 10, 8:30am. Address – off of Loma Vista at Lynn Dr., Ventura CA 93001

2. Workday at 491 Dos Caminos, Ventura, CA

Saturday, October 18, all day. Installing swale, plants, and mulch. Also doing parkway curb cuts and installing basins, plants and mulch in the parkway.

Why Create Ocean Friendly Gardens

Huber.overhead.6-13-2013The problem – Urban runoff is the #1 source of ocean pollution. The runoff picks up these pollutants on the way to storm drains, creeks/rivers, and the ocean:

  • Sediment (soil) reduces clarity.
  • Nutrients (nitrogen, phosphorous) feed algae populations, which deprive fish of oxygen.
  • Bacteria (animal poo) close beaches; debris choke and suffocate aquatic species.
  • Pesticides, herbicides and fungicides poison fish, which may be consumed by humans.

This degrades the natural beauty, and our enjoyment, of the coast and ocean. And the #1 user of electricity in California is moving water, and the main source of energy is natural gas. When we use less water, we use less electricity, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The solution – home, business and public properties all can help prevent this runoff by turning their space into an Ocean Friendly Garden. OFG gardeners apply “CPR” to yards: Sign for an OFG describing Conservation, Permeability, and Retention

C – Conservation – Conserve water, energy and wildlife habitat by using native and climate appropriate plants, and nutrients with properly spaced native & climate appropriate plants.

P – Permeability – Allow air and water to percolate downwards. Healthy soil, mulch, and limited hardscape sponge up water.

R – Retention – Retain water in the ground, not in the streets. Direct rain gutters into low areas in the yard & create curb cuts to capture street flow.

Learn more at surfrider.org/ofg

Examples of OFGs in Ventura County

Local projects the VC Chapter has been a part of are here: http://ofgvc.wordpress.com/ofg-sites/  with plant lists /design information here: http://ofgvc.wordpress.com/ofg-plant-lists/

The following is a sample home in Ventura with OFG principles applied. Click here for more info, and here to see the parkway curb cuts “working” during a rainstorm.

Grass removed.med

After the grass was removed

Long.July 2013.med

After applying CPR to garden & parkway (curb cuts and basins)

City of Ventura landscape-related webpagehttp://www.cityofventura.net/water/ofg

Stay Updated On Chapter Activities – join Ventura County Surfrider’s OFG Facebook Group.

Volunteer – email vcsrf.oceanfriendlygardens@gmail.com for info on upcoming events.

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