Ventura County, California

Updates from Ventura County Chapter—Protecting our local ocean and beaches from source to surf
October 28, 2015

Ocean Friendly Garden Workshops At County Government Center Were A Great Success

Recently the Ventura County Government Center Partnered with G3 Green Gardens Group and installed an OFG right in front of the Judicial Building. They offered a 5 part Hands On Workshop Series. Classes were in full attendance each time, with 30 eager and excited homeowners and garden enthusiast. They offered a Watershed Basics class, a Site Evaluation for checking inefficient irrigation and mapping out the site, design assistance, sheet mulching , and a planting and irrigation installation course. It was a hit! OFG volunteers were there every step of the way to support the work and education. Homeowners got the full breakdown of just how you create an Ocean Friendly Garden. Stay tuned for future workshops and workdays. We have a few OFG projects in the pipeline and would love to see you there!

Site Evaluation


rsz_img_7527Planting and Irrigation Day


October 14, 2015

Surfrider Election Time!

As described in our recent email newsletters and on Facebook, it is time to elect new members to our chapter executive committee (EC). Four of our current 7-person EC have reached the end of their two-year terms.

Nominations were taken at the October 6 meeting, but it is not too late to throw your (or your friend’s) hat into the ring. Email any (or all) of the chapter contacts listed on the right-hand side of this webpage with your nomination. Nominees must be Surfrider members in good standing (i.e. their membership is paid for this year) who are active in the chapter.

For more information, refer to this post on EC elections.

Date: November 3, 2015 (1st Tuesday of the month)
Time: 6 to 8 p.m.
Place: Social Tap
1105 S Seaward Ave, Ventura, CA 93001
All local Surfrider members may participate in the election!

July 27, 2015

Business of the Month: Surfrider Foundation Ventura County Chapter

July 20, 2015

The Ventura County Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation was honored to receive the Business of the Month Award recognition this past Monday evening. The award was presented by Mayor Cheryl Heitmann along with President Stephanie Caldwell and Leigh Eisen of The Ventura Chamber of Commerce, to recognize the efforts of the chapter since forming in 1991.

A slide show highlighting the major accomplishments of the chapter was given by Leigh Eisen, which included the Surfers Point Managed Retreat Project, Ventura River Parkway, and Monthly Beach Cleanups at Surfers Point.

From left to right: Leigh Eisen and Stephanie Caldwell from the Ventura Chamber of Commerce, Mayor Cheryl Heitmann, Eric Lunquist, Dan Glaser, Juli Marciel, and Larry Manson from the Ventura County Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation

From left to right: Leigh Eisen and Stephanie Caldwell from the Ventura Chamber of Commerce, Mayor Cheryl Heitmann, Eric Lunquist, Dan Glaser, Juli Marciel, and Larry Manson from the Ventura County Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation


Members of the chapter’s Executive Committee receive the award from Mayor Cheryl Heitmann

Members of the chapter’s Executive Committee receive the award from Mayor Cheryl Heitmann


The Ventura Chamber of Commerce works year round to support a strong local economy through its stewardship of city policy and business development. From conception of development projects, through the approval process and into the future; safeguarding the vitality of existing business, business expansion and recruitment; it is indeed true that they are “Making Business Happen“.

The Executive Committee of the Ventura County Chapter Surfrider Foundation extends a gracious thank you to the City and Chamber of Commerce for this award. We look forward to a bright sustainable future for Ventura County!

June 23, 2015

July 5th Morning After Mess Cleanup

The Fourth of July is often Ventura’s busiest beach day of the year with thousands flocking to the shoreline to enjoy a day of sand, sun, and fun. Unfortunately, anyone who’s seen the aftermath also knows that in the past the holiday can produce more trash and litter of any other beach day. What will it look like this year?

The Surfrider Foundation Ventura County Chapter and public volunteers will find out on Sunday July 5th. The “Morning After Mess Cleanup” will take place at Pierpont Beach on Sunday, July 5 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Meet at the end of Seaward Ave. and look for the Surfrider tent to sign in.

Click Here to download the volunteer waiver to fill out and bring to the event.

Surfrider encourages everyone to take an active role in preventing the trashing of Ventura County’s beaches this July Fourth holiday weekend and all year long. A major goal for this holiday weekend is to prevent litter at our local beaches and parks. Avoid single use items such as expanded polystyrene / ‘styrofoam’ coolers and plastic water bottles. Bring reusable items to the beach and be sure to recycle or bin anything else.


May 28, 2015

Reflections on Surfers Point Workday- May 2015

By Ashley Parrish



This past weekend I helped to run a Surfers Point Workday with The Surfrider Foundation just before the big Hands Across the Sand event. We were privileged to have Dave Hubbard of Coastal Restoration Consultants Inc.  Join us and lead the volunteers on which invasive plants we would be eradicating that day.

“We had a really nice day at Surfer’s Point on Saturday. Excellent Surfrider logistics. Great volunteers. Lots of education and outreach time mixed in. We mopped 99.9% of the remaining sea rocket across the entire dune restoration site, also weeded tumbleweed, iceplant, non-native chrysanthemum, some grasses and misc. weeds. The timing worked out really well.  The sea rocket seeds were not ripe yet, so we got them before they dropped.”

If you are not familiar with Sea Rocket this picture shows you who our main target was that day. Sea Rocket likes to grow in the native Beach Burr. It is very clever little sucker in that it has made itself look almost exactly like the native Beach Burr with the exception that is has a 4 petaled lavender flower and is more green than the Beach Burr, which has a yellow flower when it blooms.


I’ve recently been interested in the principles and ideas of Permaculture, but in permaculture they say there is no such thing as an invasive or a weed, that all things are beneficial, right? So I was curious about how Dave felt about this. He told me that when it comes to restoration of certain areas, there just isn’t room for plants that aren’t going to do the work like our natives. They are the true bio engineers of land and they know this land better than we do and certainly better than plants that come from an entirely different climate and ecosystem. It was fascinating talking to him about the importance of these Dune restoration projects not just from a stand point of the value for plants, and the animals that call these places home but even the benefits they have for us humans. He said he had recently gone to New Jersey, where there are dune areas so protected that if you step on them it’s an automatic $1000 fine. The amazing thing is, that during hurricane Sandy, houses that were behind these dune protected areas were left undamaged during and after the storm, whereas those houses in areas where sand is moved around and there is no vegetation to protect them were completely destroyed.  With things like sea level rise and potential future storms, having dune ecosystems that with all their native plants have the ability to hold onto sand could prevent a lot of damage in our costal cities. In the Case of Surfers Point part of the goal was to prevent further erosion to an already crumbling bike path.

Overall, the workday it was a great success and something Surfrider will continue to monitor and take care of for years to come along with the City of Ventura.

As Dave said, luckily there are not too many plants that can survive in salty, nutrient-poor, well-drained, beach sand but our beaches are not the only places where plants from out of town don’t belong. To learn more about Invasive Plants you can go to the Cal IPC Website to find out definitions of an invasive as well as impact. This and other websites like Plant Right also provide you with lists and pictures of plants that are considered invasive and why.

It’s time we really start working with Nature and really think about the impact we are having. You know how they say when camping or backpacking or even hiking that the ethical thing to do is to leave no trace? Pack it in, pack it out? That’s a practice I think we should have in our everyday lives and especially when we are thinking of our landscapes.

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