April 15, 2018 3-5PM at Matilija
March 10-11, 2018 storm event delivered 1.2″of rainfall to Ojai. YIPPEE!
Environmental Impact Report scoping meeting for City of Ventura to tie into the State Water Project on March 15, more info here
REVIEW PERIOD February 28, 2018 through March 30, 2018
“Potential Environmental Impacts: The EIR will consider project-specific environmental impacts directly and indirectly attributable to project components. The project may have significant environmental impacts on the following resources: air quality and greenhouse gas emissions, biological resources, cultural resources, geology and soils, hazards and hazardous materials, hydrology and water quality, noise, and transportation/traffic, and may have cumulative impacts.
In-lieu delivery means that the SWP would be delivered to a Ventura Water customer in the Casitas service area, rather than directly delivered to Casitas, and this would offset demand on the Casitas system.”
Billly Goodnick to teach a class:
Designing with Water Wise Natives
on March 31, at 9 AM – 12:00 PM Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, 1212 Mission Canyon Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
More info on Facebook Page
Upcoming FREE water wise landscaping classes in Ventura, schedule is below
• Community Drought Workshop – Get an update on Casitas’ water supply conditions, drought status, conservation, and water supply projects. Time will be provided for questions and answers. 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, June 23, 2018.
• DIY: Indoor/Outdoor Water Saving Tips – 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, August 18, 2018.
Western Ventura County remains in the grips of a historic drought. January brought one brief rainstorm that flashed through our watershed with Thomas Fire ash. California may continue to be under the control of a high pressure ridge throughout February that may impact all of California water supplies. Local surface and groundwater supplies did not recover enough with 2017 rains to change local drought conditions. Given no additional rainfall during the 2018 winter (January through March), Lake Casitas supply could decrease to the 30 percent storage level (71,328 acre-feet). A Stage 4, drought condition could be declared and in place on July 1, 2018. During Stage 4, customers will be asked to further cutback outdoor watering, to include an additional 10% reduction in allocation.
Please RSVP early at firstname.lastname@example.org or (805) 649-2251 Extension 105. The workshop will be held at Oak View Park & Resource Center (formerly the Oak View Elementary School) located at 555 Mahoney Avenue. Attendees are encouraged to park in the parking lots instead of the street.
“REGROWING FROM THE ASHES: AN OPPORTUNITY TO REESTABLISH OUR CALIFORNIA LANDSCAPE” — Casitas Municipal Water District invites everyone to a free landscape class, Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at Oak View Park & Resource Center, 555 Mahoney Ave., Oak View. Join University of California Cooperative Extension’s Sabrina Drill, Ph.D., in focusing on understanding local fire ecology. Learn how to maximize this critical time’s opportunities to transform our burnt and ash-blanketed landscapes back to their vibrant, lush and resilient natural states. RSVP: email@example.com or 649-2251, Ext. 105.
Saturday February 17, 2018 After The Fire: Making Our Landscapes More Resilient Speaker: Richard Halsey https://www.facebook.com/events/142471386462631/151965528846550/?notif_t=admin_plan_mall_activity¬if_id=1518473902028530
Tuesday 20 February 2018 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM California Native Plants Society, Channel Islands Chapter http://www.cnpsci.org/
Inviting California to Dinner: Bringing California native plant foods into your life and and the future of native plant agriculture, at Topping Room in library downtown Ventura on Main Street
Speaker: Antonio Sanchez
Saturday February 24, 2018 9am to Noon, Oak View
February 24th Seed Swap 1pm-4pm at Chaparral Auditorium
UPCOMING MARCH EVENTS
Ojai Raptor Center Event – Join us on March 21 for a day trip to Santa Cruz Island!
No matter how many times you’ve been out to the Channel Islands National Park, it’s never enough to fully appreciate what some have called the “American Galapagos”. On March 21st we’ve arranged for an extraordinary adventure to this national treasure. We’ve picked Santa Cruz Island, the largest and most diverse of the five Channel islands, for this day’s trip. We are fortunate to have two fantastic naturalists to lead us…Bart Francis and Jesse Grantham.
We will leave from Island Packers in Ventura Harbor, 1691 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura. Check in at 8:15, departure at 9 a.m.
Upon arrival at Santa Cruz we’ll have a short hike of 3/4 mile with a vertical gain of 350 feet to Cavern Point overlooking the main ship channel. We will go slowly with our guides taking on such subjects as geology of the islands, the beginnings of the National Park, ranching on the island, Chumash culture, the marine life in the Sanctuary. Of course, we’ll be looking for the plants, animals and birds found only in the Islands.
This will take 1-1/2 hours so we can have lunch and explore the island. The main ranch house has a great visitor center with lots of good information.
We will leave the Island at 3:30, arriving in the Ventura Harbor about 4:30.
Tickets for this fundraiser are $150 and directly support our mission at Ojai Raptor Center.
We hope you’ll join us!
8:15 am- 4:30 pm
Leaving from Island Packers
Ventura River Water District WATER BUDGET PROGRAM – January 10, 2018, 7:00 P.M.
Oak View Park & Resource Center, 7:00 P.M. at 555 Mahoney Avenue, Oak View Park in the parking lot, not in front of the residences please!
Staff will be on hand to explain the Water Budget Program, which is designed to serve as a tool to help customers know how much water they need compared to how much they are using and to use water efficiently so water supplies can be properly managed. Each customer will have a water budget for each month of the year. Each single family customer’s monthly water budget includes 10 units of Health and Safety water plus budgets for irrigation, pools and livestock. Multi-family, commercial and industrial customers have not been assigned water budgets.
If a customer believes their assigned water budget is incorrect they may request adjustments by filling out and returning the Water Budget Adjustment Form which is available on the District website at http://venturariverwd.com or in the District office.
If a customer’s water usage exceeds their monthly water budget there will be a financial penalty. The penalty for usage up to 25% over budget will be $0.50 per unit. Usage greater than 25% over budget will have a penalty of $1.00 per unit. If the customer is under budget the water savings cannot be rolled over to future months.
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, Saturday, September 30, 2017 - Sunday, November 5, 2017 from 9:00AM - 5:00PM
EVENT: How to Soak Up Rain, End Drought and Cool the Earth
MORE INFO HERE http://vow4climate.org
Saturday, March 8, 2017
Michal Kravcik will speak at the Greater Goods, 145 West El Roblar in Meiners Oaks
Here’s his bio:
A talk and discussion about managing water cycles to bring life back to desertified land, rehydrate the continents and cool the biosphere using techniques that capture rainwater where it falls, store it in the eco-system, and release the surplus.
Meet Michal Kravčík, innovative hydrologist and author of Water for the Recovery of the Climate – A New Water Paradigm, on tour with Voices of Water for Climate. Dr Kravčík received the Goldman Prize in 1999 for eco-restoration work in his native Slovakia .His visit to Ventura County is sponsored by Sierra Club, Dietrick Institute for Applied Insect Ecology, and Eco Action Cooperative.
Dr. Kravčík is helping recruit participation in the United States Action Plan for the Restoration of Natural Water Cycles and Climate that he coauthored with Jan Lambert. This is a visionary plan to develop and activate development of a system of practical and economic restoration projects to ensure the prevention of floods, drought and climate change across various ecosystems, watersheds, nations and continents.
Ojai EARTH DAY
Saturday, April 22, 2017
Ojai Valley Green Coalition | Center for Spiritual Living present:
ENVIRONMENTAL & CLIMATE ACTION
Events at Ojai Valley Woman’s Club
413 E. Ojai Ave.
9am Sharp! March for Science • All Ages
Libbey Park Fountain
10 – 4 pm Earth Friendly Garden Demonstrations
Soil • Compost • Mulch • Raised Beds • Capture the Rain
Worms • Lizards & Snakes – Oh My!
10am Opening Ceremony
“Our Sacred Earth – Sacred Water”
Calling Green Citizens of Planet Earth
Rabbi Michael Lotker, Rev. Dr. Greg Kimura, Rev. Marilyn Miller
11am Our Water Future
Local Water Supply & Security Discussion
“Slow the Flow” film and discussion with
filmmaker Elizabeth Pepin Silva, Bert Rapp, Connor Jones, Paul Jenkin
1 pm ”ISLAND EARTH” New Film Release
($10 Suggested Donation, Limited Seating)
Dialogue with Director/Cinematographer Cyrus Sutton
Electrical Vehicle Showcase • Environmental & KIDS Info BOOTHS
Bake Sale • Chair Massage
Brad Lancaster | Planting the Rain to Grow Abundance | TEDxTucson
Thank you Paul Herzog of Surfrider Ocean Friendly Gardens
Curb cut to Slow it, Spread it, Sink it! in Ventura
March 18th in Santa Barbara
Ventura County Home & Garden Show – Ask Your Garden Questions!
Plant & Seed Swap Sat Feb 25th, 2017
Santa Barbara Watershed Wise Landscape Professional Certification
Join us for an EPA WaterSense Certified training program! The certification is designed to train professionals and their clients on the benefits of building healthy living soil and managing rainwater to reduce irrigation. Sign up and learn how to conduct a landscape water audit and site evaluation, remove lawn and build living soils, design and site rain gardens, calculate irrigation run times to eliminate runoff, and identify new water efficiency techniques and technologies. Certified professionals will be added to a searchable list of landscape specialists for hire promoted locally as well as added to the EPA WaterSense National Directory.
When: Thursday, February 9 and Friday, February 10, 2017. 7:30 am – 5:30 pm. Certification exam held Feb 10, 5:30-8:00 pm.
Fee: $150 (a $600 value!)
Please help us spread the word!
Water Conservation Supervisor
CITY OF SANTA BARBARA, Public Works
(805) 897-2672 | MaWard@SantaBarbaraCA.gov
SUPERVISOR BENNETT HOLDING PUBLIC FORUM ON OCEAN WATER DESALINATION
December 1ST, 6:00 PM, County Government Center, Board of Supervisors Chambers
In an attempt to explore a full range of options for water policy for western Ventura County, Supervisor Bennett will host a public forum on December 1st that brings together some of the leaders in the field of ocean water desalination (desal) in California. Speakers will discuss their existing and pending desal projects, the advantages, disadvantages, and economics of desal, and the prospects, opportunities, and challenges for ocean water desal.
Supervisor Steve Bennett said “With Southern California heading into a forecast sixth year of drought and local lake and groundwater basins nearing historic low levels, interest in long-term planning concerning our water supply and demand has never been higher. Desal is one option that I hope we all can have more complete information about as we move forward.”
Forum presenters will be Scott Maloni of Poseidon Water, developer of the Carlsbad and Huntington Beach desal plants, Susan Mulligan of the Calleguas Municipal Water District which is moving forward on potentially developing a regional desal plant in Ventura County, Joshua Haggmark, Water Resources Manager of the City of Santa Barbara, and Tom Luster from the California Coastal Commission. The presenters will discuss their organization’s approach to and experiences with ocean water desalination in Southern California.
The public is invited to attend the forum at the Board of Supervisors chambers, 800 S. Victoria Ave, Ventura, December 1 at 6:00 PM.
Saturday, November 12, 2016 – Lawn Be Gone & Harvest the Rain Workshop: Overview and Garden Tour – Save Water, Money and Time and enjoy the benefits of wildlife gardening. Learn how to convert water-thirsty lawns into landscapes that slow, spread, and sink rainwater. $10 for OVGC members and those who ride their bike, $20 for non-members.
Location: OVGC Resource Center 206 N. Signal St. #S (upstairs from the Aliso/Signal St. corner) with a Garden Tour of a rain garden site close by.
Time: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, please arrive 8:45am to sign-in and settle in.
call (805) 669-8445 or http://www.ojaivalleygreencoalition.com/Save-Our-Water,-Ojai!.shtml
Full details and payment options at ojaivalleygreencoalition.com/save_our_water.html
Sunday, November 6 – Film Event “Beyond the Mirage”
The Ojai Valley Green Coalition in partnership with the Ojai Film Festival and its 2016 FOCUS EARTH program is pleased to present a water-themed afternoon –
Ojai Art Center, 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai
Sponsored by Ventura County Watershed Protection District
Learn for FREE how to use watershed friendly approach in your garden. The five-part workshop series will be held on Saturdays September-October-November 2016, in Meiners Oaks Elementary School in Ojai. Discover how to design, mulch, grade and plant for the efficient use of rainwater and elimination of the long-term need for irrigation. You will be an expert water-conserving gardener in no time!
Ocean Friendly Garden Materials available for download:
Simple Rain Garden Recipe (32.26 Mb)
Simple Rain Garden Recipe (reduced size) (1.23 Mb)
Make a Siteplan (19.40 Mb)
Make a Siteplan (reduced size) (1.14 Mb)
Six Elements of a Water Wise Garden (83 Kb)
Planting Guidelines (827 Kb)
Landscape Design for FIRE PROTECTION WORKSHOP – Sponsored by Casitas Water District
Saturday February 27, 2016 9am to noon
You do not need a moonscape to protect your home from fire. You can have a beautiful landscape and a fire safe zone. This workshop will focus on “Firescaping”- Landscape design in wildfire areas. The Workshop will be held Saturday, February 27, 2016 from 9 A.M. to Noon at Oak View Park & Resource Center (formerly the Oak View Elementary School) located at 555 Mahoney Avenue. Attendees are encouraged to park in the parking lots instead of the street.
Annual Seed Swap in Ojai
5th Annual Seed & Plant Swap
Saturday, February 27, 2016 – 1 to 4 p.m.
Chaparral Auditorium 414 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai
Gardeners and farmers both current and aspiring are invited to join in for the 5th Annual Ojai Valley Seed & Plant Swap. Bring your stories and passion for growing food, and if you have them, bring seeds, cuttings, or starts to share. The Swap is hosted by the Ojai Valley Green Coalition with Food for Thought Ojai and the Center for Regenerative Agriculture.
We also invite nonprofits and growers to sell local seeds, starts and garden amendments. A donation of 10% of gross sales to the Ojai Valley Green Coalition is requested. For further information or to coordinate sharing or selling seeds and plants contact the Green Coalition at (805) 669-8445 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Urban Herb Walk and Talk in Ojai @ Cluff Vista Park with Lanny Kaufer & Renee Roth, plus Native Garden Maintenance with OVLC
Plants in the Urban Environment, plus Capturing Rainwater
Now is the ideal time to plant native plants in your yard or garden. If you have been thinking about — or already started — replacing your water-intensive landscape with drought-tolerant native plants, please join Ojai native plant guide Lanny Kaufer and special guest Renee Roth of RainScape Designs for an Urban Herb Walk on Saturday, November 14, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Cluff Vista Park in downtown Ojai. Cluff Vista Park is located in the center of town with beautiful views of the Topa Topa mountains. The garden design includes several water features with mature native plants that need little water to no water and provides habitat that supports wildlife, including hummingbirds, butterflies and lizards. The garden was designed by Tom Bostrom and Associates, and received a 2005 Honor Award, by the landscape architects association SCC-ASLA.
Kaufer and Roth will identify and discuss native plants in the context of a professionally designed native landscape and show examples of drought-tolerant alternatives to lawns and water-intensive plants. Roth will focus on the water features in the park and discuss landscape designs that capture rainwater, with plants that help “slow, spread and sink water” into the landscape. Topics will include where to put a rain garden; building a healthy soil sponge that retains water (and reduces runoff), and using plant materials that can handle seasonal drought or heavy rains, while providing habitat for wildlife and medicine for the property owners or renters.
There are many reasons to embrace the use of California’s wonderful native plants in the landscape. Native plants, which have adapted to local soils and climates, are often the best sources of nectar and pollen for native pollinators. They create beauty and interest with a natural progression of fruit, flowers and seeds, and they furnish food and cover for butterflies, birds and other wildlife. Native plants require little or no irrigation once established, and flourish without fertilizers and are unlikely to become weedy.
Prior to the walk, from 8:00-9:30 a.m., Ojai Valley Land Conservancy (OVLC) Stewardship Director Rick Bisaccia will lead a volunteer garden maintenance project. The OVLC and the City of Ojai are partners in the maintenance of the park. Please contact Marti Reid at the OVLC at 805-649-6852 for more information and to sign up for the volunteer project.
Light rain will not cancel the walk but heavy rain will. Status will be updated for those registered as the day gets closer
The cost of the Herb Walk is $20 for adults or $15 for seniors 62-and-up and full-time students ages 13-18. Kids 5-12 can go along free, one per adult, by prior arrangement. No dogs, please. No pre-payment is required. Register here
In celebration of International Peace Day, Equinox, and in support of our sister gathering Walking Water in the Owens Valley, we invite you to join us for
WATER & WALKING
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
1-3:00 Let’s talk about OUR Water: A panel discussion about water problems and solutions.
With Renee Roth, Laura Maher, Connor Jones and Leif Skogberg
OUR water is a precious resource. Let’s come together and share ways to adapt, to live with less water or reuse and capture more water. Join us for a discussion about the impact of the drought on our land, the demands on our water supply and ways we can support our local water resources. Together we can find and share ways to honor OuR most precious natural resource.
3:00 Harmony with Water Ritual, guided by Judy Piazza. An interactive, experiential honoring of water through song, ritual, mantra, and more. Reflect on what it means to be in right relationship, in harmony and balance, with this precious life-giving elemental. Bring water from various locations (local and global), a small bowl or cup to hold a small amount of water, wear or bring something flowing, bring flower petals and finger foods such as fruit, or just bring your self!
4:00 Living Peace Walk (in collaboration with Living Peace Ojai) … A simple, easy walking vigil for peace, appropriate for families and elders able to walk (or sit and reflect while others walk, and be present to welcome them back!). Watch for details.
More Greywater info!
The Building and Safety Division of Ventura County will lead Greywater workshops, scheduled to be held at 800 South Victoria Ave, Ventura, California in Room 311 at the Ventura County Hall of Administration (Enter off of Telephone road and park in Lot G).
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM on the following dates:
Aug 20, 2015
September and October – FREE Watershed-Friendly Gardening Workshop Series
The County of Ventura will host a five-part Watershed-Friendly Gardening workshop series during September and October, 2015.
Workshop One: Watershed Basics Class, Saturday, Sept. 12, at 9 a.m.
Workshop Two: Evaluating Your Garden Site, Saturday September 26th, 9am
Workshop Three: Designing Your Landscape, Saturday October 10th, 9am
Workshop Four: Turf Removal, Saturday October 17th, 9am
Workshop Five: Planting and Irrigating, Saturday October 24th, 9am
SIGN UP Information and Location
Register for one or all of the workshops at the Watershed Wise Landscape Program website (you need to find the class on the calendar first).
Link to Workshop Location Map
August 11, 2015 Heat Wave
A heat wave is coming to Los Angeles that will send temperatures into the triple digits for some communities by the weekend, the National Weather Service said Monday.
Angelenos will see temperatures jump 15 to 20 degrees from Monday to Thursday, when a high-pressure system from Texas is expected to reach the Southland’s deserts and mountains, said Stuart Seto, a weather specialist with the NWS.
Greywater Action Presents July 2015 Greywater Installer’s Course
I was interested in learning all about greywater, installing your own system, or becoming a greywater installer for the Ojai area. This course is designed for people with either basic plumbing, landscaping, or permaculture skills who want to learn how to design and build simple, economical residential greywater systems.
I learned about the theory behind simple and high-end systems including the indoor use of greywater. Class covered the basic plumbing and landscaping skills needed for the four types of common simple greywater systems. I learned how to conduct a site assessment, determine which system to install and how to maintain existing systems. Additionally info about what plants do best with greywater and the do’s and don’t of residential greywater reuse. The goal was to learn about proper installation of code compliant washing machine, and simple systems under the CA state code—-goal accomplished!
Location: Los Angeles EcoVillage (117 Bimini Place, Los Angeles, 90004)
Greywater Action – Education Webinar Series Wednesdays from 2-4pm on June 17th, June 24th, and July 1st.
Greywater Action is hosting a three part webinar series for people who want to educate their communities about greywater.
Members are invited to view the webinar at the Ojai Valley Green Coalition Resource Center sponsored by Renee Roth of Rainscape Designs
Part 1: Greywater 101 or Drought-Proof Your Landscape With Greywater. Wednesday, June 17th from 2-4pm.
This workshop includes the following information:
•Understand your water system
•What is greywater?
•Ways to reuse it
•Plant friendly soaps and products
•Common type of systems
•General costs and water saving potential
Part 2: How to Design and Install a Laundry-to-Landscape Systems. Wednesday, June 24th from 2-4pm.
This workshop includes a presentation and hands-on practice installing a system. Content includes:
•Overview of the laundry-to-landscape system
•Plant friendly laundry detergents
•How to install the plumbing component for the L2L system
•How do design and install the irrigation component of the L2L system
•Costs and where to find materials
Part 3: How to Make Your Community Greywater Ready: Work with local agencies and irrigation stores. Wednesday, July 1st from 2-4pm.
This workshop includes the following information:
•Strategies for working with local irrigation stores to provide greywater system components
•Strategies for working with local building departments to streamline permitting requirements
•Strategies for building local experts and offering further local trainings
Ojai Valley Greywater Tour and Hands-on Installation
Saturday, April 25 Graywater DIY Installation Workshop
Saturday, April 25 Graywater DIY Installation Workshop
Help install a ‘laundry to landscape’ system on Fulton St. with graywater guru Michael Doran (A&M Plumbing) and Renee Roth (Rainscape Designs). Learn the details of how to install a graywater system and the best plants to complement the system.
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
$10 – OVGC Member or City Resident $15 – Non-members
Link to flyer, see more info at Ojai Valley Green Coalition
City of Ventura hosts Greywater Talk with Laura Maher and Renee Roth
THIS WAS AN AMAZING CONFERENCE, thank you for organizing Regina Hirsch of Sierra Watershed Progressive!
Localizing Waters Conference (Yosemite, CA)
November 3, 2014 – 9:00am to November 6, 2014 – 7:30pm
Conference website: http://californiawaterreuse.org/
Localizing California Waters is a unique conference focusing on Integrated Water Reuse and LID techniques: Stormwater, Rainwater, Greywater, Blackwater as well as California Water Reuse Policy and Watershed Management. Half day seminars covering design, management, and permitting will be coupled with tours of systems under construction. Tours will focus on inspection and hands-on construction participation
LOCATED AT THE EVERGREEN LODGE IN YOSEMITE, CALIFORNIA
State and conference discounts available on lodging. Visit EvergreenLodge.com for more information, maps, and contact information.
WHO IS ATTENDING THE CONFERENCE?
Regulatory Agencies, Utility Districts, Conservation Professionals, Landscape Architects and Designers, California Licensed Contractors, Water Law and Policy Professionals, Regional Environmental Health Specialists, Permitting Agencies, as well as the interested Public.