Saving water and preventing urban runoff begins in our own backyards.
Ocean Friendly Gardens
Are you interested in: Educating the public about sustainable landscaping? Getting your hands in the soil? Changing public policy? Then volunteer with us! We have monthly meetings every 3rd Tuesday at 6:30pm at our Ventura Surfrider office (872 E. Front Street, Ventura, CA 93001).
What’s the problem?Urban runoff is the #1 source of ocean pollution. In Ventura, storm drains and farm runoff funnel into the ocean un-treated, polluting our water with motor oil, fertilizer, and other contaminants during heavy rain. Click here for more info about the causes of pollution.
The solution: Homeowners, businesses, and public entities can all help prevent this runoff by turning their landscapes into Ocean Friendly Gardens. OFG gardeners apply “CPR:”
Conserve water, energy and wildlife habitat by using native and climate-appropriate plants.
Allow air and water to percolate downwards. Healthy soil, mulch, and limited hardscape sponge up water.
Retain water in the ground, not in the streets. Direct rain gutters into low areas in the yard and create curb cuts to capture street flow.