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Ventura County, California

Updates from Ventura County Chapter—Protecting our local ocean and beaches from source to surf
March 12, 2016

Chapter Summary As Movie!

Want a summary of Ventura County Chapter’s highlights and priorities? Check out this quick slideshow.

March 9, 2016

Core Volunteer Orientation on April 5th!

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
Beach Cleanups
Surfer’s Point / Matilija
Representing Surfrider at community events
Other needs such as video and photo

Please RSVP by emailing Greg at volunteercoordinator@ventura.surfrider.org and walk-ins are welcome if you heard about this late.

February 26, 2016

Mandalay State Beach Cleanup

Kasimira Malec – February 23, 2016

CSU Channel Islands volunteers remove car tires from the beach.

Roll out! Trash found on Mandalay Beach included automobile tires.

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.

 Volunteers from CSU Channel Islands after a hard day's work at Mandalay State Beach.


Volunteers from CSU Channel Islands after a hard day’s work at Mandalay State Beach.

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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