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Updates from Ventura County Chapter—Protecting our local ocean and beaches from source to surf
February 22, 2016

Surfer’s Point Discussion @ March 1st Chapter Meeting

Heavy equipment at Surfer’s Point! Back in December after the palm tree and concrete planter fell over, the City of Ventura got approval from the CA Coastal Commission for an emergency permit to build a rock revetment in an effort to protect the Promenade. Surfrider and others have been talking with the City of Ventura staff to encourage the least obtrusive option.

Rather than the 2-3 ton rocks that were originally planned, smaller rocks are being placed that are expected to be covered with cobble. While this is not the best case scenario, it is not the worst. Next winter the City plans on a more permanent solution while we will be advocating for phase 2 of the dune restoration project that has been successful further up the point. Stay tuned for more info and check out www.venturariver.org for a great overview of the issue.

Join us for a discussion on Surfer’s Point at our March 1st general chapter meeting. The meeting will be held at the Patagonia retail store in Ventura from 6:30-8:00pm.

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February 2, 2016

Power Grab Puts California Coastal Act at Risk

SOC-8A covert effort to fire the Coastal Commission’s Executive Director has come to light while the Commissioners leading this effort have the worst environmental voting records. Ironically, this includes Commissioners that report to Governor Brown, who signed the landmark Coastal Act in 1976.

Environmental leaders are calling this an assault on the Coastal Act. They suggest the real reason is to intimidate Commission’s staff or replace them with those more compliant to coastal developers. The controversy has received state and national news attention.

Commissioners will vote to fire the Executive Director, behind closed doors on Wednesday, Feb. 10, when the Commission meets in Morro Bay. A public hearing precedes the “private” vote.

Click Here for all of the info including an online action alert and travel in for the hearing in Morro Bay.

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January 11, 2016

2016 Beach Cleanup Schedule

Surfrider hosts a monthly beach cleanup, typically on the 4th Saturday of each month. Most of the items collected at beach cleanups are plastic and don’t truly biodegrade. It is important to host cleanups because litter is ugly and we want to help protect the coastal wildlife that we love!

For all beach cleanups, please wear comfortable clothes, closed toed shoes and sunscreen. All volunteers are welcome to participate and must sign a liability waiver. Pre-­registration is not required unless your group is larger than 25 people – email vicechair@ventura.surfrider.org

Volunteers under 18 MUST have a parent or guardian present at the beginning of the cleanup to sign a liability waiver before the minor can participate. You can download the waiver here: 2016.Beach.Cleanup.Waiver. We will provide all supplies, but volunteers are always welcome to bring their own work gloves, trash bag/bucket, and/or reusable water bottle to reduce waste.

Please be prepared to fill out a data card of all the trash you pick up—we need this information to help find solutions for the main sources of trash on our beaches!! Check out what we found last year: Surfrider_VC_Chapter_2015_Beach_Cleanup_Report.

Thank you for your interest in helping keep our beaches clean. Look for the Surfrider tent when you arrive at a beach cleanup to check in!

January 23rd 2016 – ‘C’ Street / Surfer’s Point, Ventura – 9-­11am
Meet on the beach promenade at the end of California Street.

February 27th 2016 – Ormond Beach, Oxnard – 9-­11am
Directions: Hwy 101 south and exit on Rice, turn right and continue to Hueneme Rd. Turn right on Hueneme Rd. After Olds Rd. take a left on Arnold and continue to the end of the road.

March 26th 2016 – ‘C’ Street / Surfer’s Point, Ventura – 9-­11am
Meet on the beach promenade at the end of California Street.

April 23rd 2016 -­ ‘C’ Street / Surfer’s Point, Ventura – 9-11am
Meet on the beach promenade at the end of California Street.

May 28th 2016 -­ ‘C’ Street / Surfer’s Point, Ventura – 9-11am
Meet on the beach promenade at the end of California Street.

June 25th 2016 – ‘C’ Street / Surfer’s Point, Ventura – 9-11am
Meet on the beach promenade at the end of California Street.

July 23rd 2016 -­ ‘C’ Street / Surfer’s Point, Ventura – 9-­11am
Meet on the beach promenade at the end of California Street.

August 27th 2016 -­‘C’ Street / Surfer’s Point, Ventura – 9-­11am
Meet on the beach promenade at the end of California Street.

September 17th 2016 ‑ ‘C’ Street / Surfer’s Point, Ventura – 9am-­Noon
California Coastal Cleanup Day (THIRD Saturday)
Meet on the beach promenade at the end of California Street.

October 22nd 2016 – ‘C’ Street / Surfer’s Point, Ventura – 9-­11am
Meet on the beach promenade at the end of California Street.

November 26th 2016 ‑ ‘C’ Street / Surfer’s Point, Ventura – 9-­11am
Meet on the beach promenade at the end of California Street.

December 17th 2016 ‑ ‘C’ Street / Surfer’s Point, Ventura – 9-­11am
Meet on the beach promenade at the end of California Street. (Third Saturday)

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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.

DO YOU OR YOUR BUSINESS HAVE AN EXCESS SUPPLY OF REUSABLE BAGS?

Email vicechair@ventura.surfrider.org and we can pick them up!

WHAT ELSE CAN BE DONE TO HELP?

Would you like to help hand out bags? Please email vicechair@ventura.surfrider.org. 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 www.facebook.com/venturasurfrider 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!

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