Congratulations to the 2016-2017 Watershed Hero Award & Environmental Leadership Award Winners !

Congratulations to Juanamaria Elementary School, the 2016-2017 Watershed Hero Award Winner and to ATLAS Elementary School the 2016 – 2017 Environmental Leadership Award Winner!

These prestigious GREEN SCHOOL AWARDS (which honor schools for their outstanding sustainability and water wise efforts) will be presented on Monday, April 17th in front of City Council in honor of Earth Day!

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Photos from the FREE Aquaponics Gardening Class April 8

Thank you to everyone who participated in this weekend’s Aquaponics workshop. Always a great time learning from local experts and getting to see the amazing projects going on in our community! For more FREE gardening classes visit http://www.cityofventura.net/waterwisegardeningclasses

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Beginning April 1-30, PLEDGE To SAVE Water & WIN PRIZES. Keep Ventura #1!

City of Ventura Mayor Erik Nasarenko invites all City of Ventura residents to make their “pledge” to enter the 2017 Mayor’s Challenge to win prizes and to help make the City of Ventura the MOST WATER WISE City in the United States. Pledge to conserve water and energy April 1-30, 2017! It’s as easy as 1-2-3. In 2016, the City of Ventura Placed #1 and we want to hold that position. PLEDGE at MyWaterPledge.com WATCH this VIDEO & visit: http://www.cityofventura.net/water/mayorschallenge

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FREE Aquaponics Gardening Class, Saturday, April 8, 2017, 10-11:30am, Avenue Adult Center

FREE City of Ventura AQUAPONICS Gardening Class, Saturday, April 8, 2017, 10 – 11:30 a.m., Avenue Adult Center, 550 N. Ventura, Avenue, Ventura. JOIN Agriculture Specialist Jan Kolbusz to learn about this soil-less gardening technique and grow your plants and fish in ONE integrated system. RSVP Today to reserve your seat, click here.

South African Film Wins Top Prize in Ventura Water’s Water: Take 1 Online Short Film Festival

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South African Film Wins Top Prize in Ventura Water’s
Water: Take 1 Online Short Film Festival
 
     Following five years of drought, above average rainfall in California this year has been a welcomed relief. But Ventura residents can’t let their guard down: water conservation is every bit as important today as in drought-stricken years. That was the primary message as Ventura Water presented its fifth annual Water: Take 1 Online Short Film Festival awards on March 22 at the Channel Islands National Park Visitor Center.
     This year, 50 films were entered in the festival that calls attention to some of the serious issues facing water resources locally and around the world. Thousands of people worldwide watched and voted for their favorite films via the Water: Take 1 website, with a panel of jurors selecting the contest’s winners.
     “Even with much needed rainfall that exceeded our expectations, our focus looking forward is to build on the framework of conservation and promise efficiency as a way of life in California,” Ventura Water General Manager Shana Epstein told the audience of about 100 community members at the event, which included Ventura City Councilman Matt LaVere.
     The night’s top honor, the Grand Jury Award, went to “Place of Sweet Waters,” a film that highlights the water crisis facing Cape Town, South Africa. Cape Town is in the midst its worst drought in two decades, yet millions of gallons of naturally occurring fresh water run under the city’s streets, to be dumped straight into the sea, every day. This film’s message and goal is that the water can be reclaimed to help sustain Cape Town’s booming – and increasingly water-stressed – population. The film’s director, Sven Harding, won the $1,500 cash prize and gave his acceptance speech via video.
     Other Water: Take 1 awards and their winners this year were:
  • Audience Choice Award: Paul Meehan and family, for the film, “Drought Wars: The Family Fights Back.”
  • Best Student Short Film: Beryl Allee, for her animated short film campaign, “Citizen of your Watershed”, made up of three unique short films. Each film focuses on one issue of concern to a healthy watershed – pesticides, runoff and litter.
  • Ventura Vision Award: Paige Vasquez-Housley, for her film “Aquanaut: A Journey to the Pacific.”
  • Palmdale Vision Award: Jalal Ud Din Baba, for his film “Saving the Savior.”
     Epstein congratulated the winners and thanked the Water: Take 1 sponsors – the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach Hotel, Hopkins Groundwater, Carollo Engineers and Kennedy Jenks Consultants – and the Channel Islands National Park for hosting the event.
     To view the winning films and this year’s entries, visit www.watertake1.com.
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Sustainable Ventura News Segment: 5th Annual Water: Take 1 Online Short Film Festival Awards

EVENT PHOTOS

Audience seated in the Channel Islands National Park Visitor center cinema

Audience seated in the Channel Islands National Park Visitor center cinema

L TO R: Paige Vasquez-Housley accepting her $500 dollar award from Shana Epstein for her film Aquanaut: A Journey to the Pacific, winner of the Ventura Vision Award

L TO R: Paige Vasquez-Housley accepting her $500 dollar award from Shana Epstein for her film Aquanaut: A Journey to the Pacific, winner of the Ventura Vision Award

City of Ventura Councilmember Matt Levere

City of Ventura Councilmember Matt Levere

L TO R: Paul and Kellie Meehan and children---Audience Choice Award Winner for their film Drought Wars: The Family Fights Back

L TO R: Paul and Kellie Meehan and children—Audience Choice Award Winner for their film Drought Wars: The Family Fights Back

L TO R: Gina Vasquez-Housley, Todd Housley, and Paige Vasquez-Housley--- Ventura Vision Award Winner for her home-grown film Aquanaut: A Journey to the Pacific.

L TO R: Gina Vasquez-Housley, Todd Housley, and Paige Vasquez-Housley— Ventura Vision Award Winner for her home-grown film Aquanaut: A Journey to the Pacific.

 

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Pure Water Radio PODCAST: The City’s 2017 FREE Green School Programs – Sign your school up for one today!

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Find out about the City’s FREE Green School Programs, arrange for one at YOUR SCHOOL today.  In this Pure Water Radio PODCAST City of Ventura Environmental Specialist Haili Matsukawa provides information on the Green School Programs for 2017.  Also visit, cityofventura.net/greenschool

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Have you entered your school for a Green School or Watershed Hero Award? Do so by March 31!

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In honor of Earth Day, The City of Ventura recognizes two schools for their outstanding sustainability and water wise efforts.  Environment Sustainability Division has partnered with Agromin Premium Soil Products to present Environmental Leadership Award. Ventura Water presents the Watershed Hero Award. To apply for this year’s Green School Awards, please complete the online application or written application by March 31, 2017. Winners will receive $500 and be recognized in front of the City Council! All public and private schools within the Ventura City limits are encouraged to apply. Find out more and ENTER, click here.