Ventura County, CaliforniaUpdates from Ventura County Chapter—Protecting our local ocean and beaches from source to surf
Want a summary of Ventura County Chapter’s highlights and priorities? Check out this quick slideshow.
Have you been thinking about volunteering with Surfrider, but don’t know where to start? Have you gone to a beach cleanup and want to know more about the Surfrider Foundation, what else we do and how you can get more involved? If you answered yes, then the Core Volunteer Orientation is for you!
Core Volunteers are the heart and soul of our organization. They often go on to leadership positions within our chapter and help set our chapter’s strategy. This training will provide you with the knowledge and tools you need to be a Surfrider ambassador.
The April chapter meeting at Patagonia will feature the next Core Volunteer Orientation. (Patagonia – Great Pacific Iron Works is located at 235 W. Santa Clara Street, Ventura, CA 93001) Food and beverages will be provided. Attendees will also receive a Surfrider Foundation t-shirt!
Come out to learn more about helping with:
Ocean Friendly Gardens
Ocean Friendly Restaurants
YES on the CA Plastic Bag Ban
Surfer’s Point / Matilija
Representing Surfrider at community events
Other needs such as video and photo
Please RSVP by emailing Greg at volunteercoordinator@ventura.
Kasimira Malec – February 23, 2016
On Saturday, February 20th, the Surfrider Foundation CSUCI Club teamed up with the California State parks to clean up Mandalay State Beach, also known as Oxnard Shores, in preparation for the Snowy Plover nesting season. This clean up was spearheaded by the CSUCI Surfrider Club President Kevin Piper and Vice President Rose Waller. The two strong willed leaders reached more than 16 volunteers to come out and support the cause including the club’s treasurer Eric Bidwell and other CSUCI students.
The hardworking crew picked up a total of 457 pounds of trash in just two hours! This cleared the path for the Snowy Plover, which is a threatened small shorebird. They can be found nesting along the shores during breeding season from March to September, but are threatened by human activity and pollution. Trash can contaminate nesting and humans can unknowingly crush eggs and disturb nests. Those working at California State Parks are providing a fencing around the area to protect the nest, while Surfrider made it habitable. Thanks to the hard work done by the club members and volunteers, the Snowy Plover will have a much easier and healthier time nesting this upcoming breeding season.
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.
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.