Ventura County, California

Updates from Ventura County Chapter—Protecting our local ocean and beaches from source to surf
November 25, 2015

Reusable Bag Day on December 12th!

ReusableBagDay2015Every day should be Reusable Bag Day and Surfrider Ventura plans to remind everyone on Saturday, December 12th with our annual Reusable Dag Day!

Reusable Bag Day is an educational grassroots event hosted by the Surfrider Foundation Ventura County Chapter along with local community groups. We are asking holiday shoppers and retailers to forgo single-use, plastic shopping bags in favor of reusable bags to help protect the oceans and Venura’s beauty one reusable bag at a time.

Surfrider Foundation and City of Ventura Environmental Sustainability Division volunteers will be out front at the Vons on Main St. and Ventura Ave. near the Ventura River from 10am-Noon on Saturday December 12th handing out free reusable bags to shoppers! Get your reusable bags now and remember to vote YES on the statewide plastic bag ban referendum item in November 2016.

Plastic bag litter is one of many issues around Ventura that impacts the ocean and reusable bags help to address TMDL (total maximum daily load) limits set by the EPA. Cities and residential neighborhoods create concentrated levels of bacteria (pet waste), nitrates (herbicides & pesticides), litter, and other unnaturally occurring contaminates that can enter our stormdrains and waterways. To mitigate this, there are stormwater pollution prevention best management practices to help keep our waterways clean and free of these pollutants such as choosing reusable bags to help reduce litter.


Email and we can pick them up!


Would you like to help hand out bags? Please email You can also pitch in at the final Surfrider litter cleanup for 2015 at Surfers Point from 9am-Noon on Saturday December 19th. Meet on the promenade near the Crowne Plaza hotel, look for the Surfrider tent to sign in. Visit for updates on all of these events and more.

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.


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