Off-road racing, gang wars, and an EPA superfund site. South Oxnard has been subject to decades of environmental injustice due to the industrialization of the coastline in the late 1900s. In 1965, a 700,000-cubic-yard slag heap of toxic waste was left behind on the remains of an Oxnard City Dump by Halaco Engineering Co. By 2007 it was abandoned and declared a toxic waste Superfund Site.
In 2007, a woman named Nancy Pederson attempted to attract people to Ormond Beach. She procured the area at the end of Perkins Road and established the Ormond Pointe Native Plant Nursery. Unfortunately, Rival gangs and homeless moved into the area, forcing Penderson to abandon her project.
Our chapter is stoked to announce that the California Coastal Conservancy and The Nature Conservancy, have been awarded a $1,000,000 National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant and Surfrider Ventura County has been included to provide beach clean-ups, nonpoint source trash monitoring, and water quality testing in the lagoon.
To date, we have removed 47,747 lbs of trash with the help of 1,177+ volunteers!
Each of these groups has worked to develop a restoration and access plan that balances habitat restoration and protection of sensitive plant and animal species with improved and increased public access. The Ormond Beach Restoration and Access Project (OBRAP) is open for public comment and can be viewed here.
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