Congratulations to the 2016 Watershed Hero Award Winner: Mound Elementary School

Meet the 2016 Watershed Hero Award Winner — Mound Elementary School. Mound Elementary converted 1,600 square feet of turf into a native plant garden and built an aquaponics greenhouse. They also recycle milk cartons and compost food waste throught the pilot luch-waste recycling program! Congratulations! LtoR: the Watershed Hero Pic of Mound Staff: Brian Hubert (Science Coach), Steve Rowley (5th Grade Teacher), Todd Tyner (Principal), Tracie Fickenscher (VUSD Technology Specialist), Ed Summers (Community Partner)

LtoR: Brian Hubert (Science Coach), Steve Rowley (5th Grade Teacher), Todd Tyner (Principal), Tracie Fickenscher (VUSD Technology Specialist), Ed Summers (Community Partner)

Meet the 2016 Watershed Hero Award WinnerMound Elementary School!

Mound Elementary converted 1,600 square feet of turf into a native plant garden and built an aquaponics greenhouse. They also recycle milk cartons and compost food waste throught the pilot luch-waste recycling program! Congratulations!

Earth Day Eco Fest 2016

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On Saturday, April 23, 2016, from 10:00am to 5:00 pm,  hundreds of visitors attended the award-winning Ventura Earth Day Eco Fest in Promenade Park!  The day’s FUN activities offer something for everyone with over 100 exhibits, music and entertainment, food vendors, Green Auto Expo, Eco Arts & Crafts and more!

Visitors to the Environmental Sustainability and Ventura Water booths got  to talk with staffers, play eco-friendly games and pick up cool green and blue swag!

Visit:  venturaearthday.org

Visit Ventura Water’s Booth at the FREE Earth Day Eco Fest Saturday, April 23

EcoFestVentura Water invites the community to join us as we celebrate water and conservation at the Earth Day Eco Fest this Saturday, April 23. We’ll have a booth with free water-saving devices and other giveaways, and an iPad on hand so you can go online and make your pledge for the National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation (www.mywaterpledge.com) right there at the Eco Fest!

The Ventura Earth Day Eco Fest brings fun, food, entertainment and exhibitors to Promenade Park. Each year, thousands of people turn out to celebrate and learn about the environment at this fun event. It’s a great event for the entire family and features over 100 exhibits; an Education Pavilion; live music and performances; eco-friendly arts and crafts; food including sustainable and healthy food vendors; and a Green Auto Expo.

  • Saturday, April 23,  10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Ventura beachfront Seaside/Promenade Park and Surfer’s Point Boardwalk.
  • Be green and bike to the event! The Eco Fest will provide secure bicycle parking and a free Bike Valet.
  • Admission is free!
  • For more details, visit www.venturaearthday.org.

From Ventura Water’s Pipeline, April 2016

FREE Water Wise Class April 30: Compost & Healthy Soils

Register Now for FREE Water Wise Gardening Classes for 2016!

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Sign-up now for FREE Saturday morning Water Wise classes through November. All classes are held on Saturdays from 10-11:30 a.m. These classes are practical and offer hands-on fun. Sign up here.

  • April 30: Compost & Healthy Soils ~ Healthy soil and compost help to retain water and suppress weeds, and can even act as a carbon sink. There are more than a billion living critters in just one teaspoon of living, healthy soil. This class will be held at Cornucopia Gardens on Telegraph Road between Johnson Drive and Ramelli Avenue.

For more information, visit: http://www.cityofventura.net/waterwisegardeningclasses

To RSVP for the FREE “Compost and Healthy Soil”  CLASS on April 30, CLICK HERE.

El Niño A No-Show? Keep Conserving!

KeepSavingWith California facing a fifth year of drought, our successful water conservation efforts need to continue! Ventura Water customers have excelled in conservation and we know you can keep it up!

Ventura remains in a Stage 3 Water Shortage Emergency, requiring customers to reduce water use by 20 percent. In addition, California water regulators voted earlier this year to extend Gov. Jerry Brown’s emergency conservation measures, through October 2016.

In January, Ventura Water customers conserved 16 percent. In February, our customers conserved 13 percent.

Many are drought fatigued and as much as we hate to sound like a broken record – or a dripping faucet – it bears repeating: Ventura, we must continue to conserve water even during winter and springtime when Ventura has had some rain and it’s cooler out.

Thank you in advance for your continued efforts to make water conservation a daily, year-round habit.

Have questions about your water bill?  Ventura Water offers free on-site water conservation surveys to commercial and residential water customers to equip them to be more water efficient.  Please contact Customer Care at myvtawater@cityofventura.net or call (805) 667-6500 to schedule a water conservation survey.

Use the Water Calculator tool to help schedule your irrigation timers more efficiently at www.venturacountygardening.com/calc/.  Learn more by clicking here.

From Ventura Water’s PIPELINE, March 2016

Comedy Film Takes the Top Prize at the Water: Take 1 Film Contest Awards Night

Top: Members of the Palmdale Water District celebrating their Grand Jury Award for their film “Conservation Enforcer.” Bottom Left: Shana Epstein with Madeleine Pryor, winner of the Santa Monica Vision Award for her film “The Value of Water.” Bottom Right: Charles Spraggins, with wife Eugenia, winner of the Ventura Vision Award for his film “Good Stewards.”

Top: Members of the Palmdale Water District celebrating their Grand Jury Award for their film “Conservation Enforcer.” Bottom Left: Shana Epstein with Madeleine Pryor, winner of the Santa Monica Vision Award for her film “The Value of Water.” Bottom Right: Charles Spraggins, with wife Eugenia, winner of the Ventura Vision Award for his film “Good Stewards.”

The raging El Niño-driven rains haven’t come as predicted, so Ventura enters its fifth year of drought. It was appropriate, then, that Ventura Water presented its fourth annual Water: Take 1 Short Film Contest on March 24 at the Brooks Institute.

This year, 48 films entered the contest that calls attention to some of the serious issues facing our water resources – locally and around the world. pshQ-o4kL780KfffaJknM9VDnIwZeM7MBysEMwo5aav-KYrfCfOUxCJC7xlyd1WxHEyH5MGsOugpQ4OuBDjto4VbRtPH4Ls7UE3uDizn3Ezp92TCJuMskolLElfY83_4Lz-mnperNllMKMu2OXo7yo0t9kd7vFD-rUnbZkE=s0-d-e1-ftThousands 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.

“We hope you will agree that these films tackled these topics in thought-provoking ways,” Ventura Water General Manager Shana Epstein told the audience of over 125 community members that included Ventura City Councilmembers Christy Weir, Mike Tracy and Carl Morehouse, and City Manager Mark Watkins.

The night’s top honor, the Grand Jury Award, went to Mike McNutt and Vinny DeLuca of the Palmdale Water District for their comical minute-long film “Conservation Enforcer,” starring leatherly-faced Hollywood actor Danny Trejo, who has appeared in numerous movies, mostly as a menacing villain. In “Conservation Enforcer,” Trejo brings his own brand of street justice to a water-wasting next-door neighbor. McNutt and DeLuca won a $1,500 cash prize.

Other awards and their winners were:

  • Ventura Vision Award: Charles Spraggins, for his film “Good Stewards”
  • Santa Monica Vision Award: Madeleine Pryor, for her film “The Value of Water”
  • Audience Choice Award: Mostepha Benghernaout of Algeria, for his film “Unsafe Water”vcVBc3gLmgIQeYoabayyLC5q75i5rdLF6vHZfPDqX2-lFjgXk32ucm3Ka5EImLueBfUiBrx0szf2R17D8ZJRNkGC7esa20-A58yuwrTo7-pStrFfzEQomNOoevtGiTPa3fCuIVMwoCE3L9H60L6g7ExDarbO8Y0S_dMCwmg=s0-d-e1-ft
  • Best Student Short Film Award: Sinyee Loke of Malaysia, for her film “Water is Life”

McNutt, DeLuca, Spraggins and Pryor were on hand to accept their awards in person. Benghernaout and Loke accepted theirs through video messages.

In addition to congratulating the award winners, Epstein thanked the Water: Take 1 sponsors – the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach Hotel, Hopkins Groundwater, Carollo Engineers, Kennedy Jenks Consultants, the City of Santa Monica and Nossaman, LLP, and Brooks Institute for hosting the event.

Heading into its fifth year, the Water: Take 1 Online Short Film Contest aims to elevate the value of water by inviting filmmakers from across the globe to submit short films less than five minutes, in any genre (animation, comedy, documentary, drama, experimental, or sci-fi) that address the topic of water. The next contest will kick off in the fall of 2016.

To view the winning films as well as all of this year’s entries, visit www.watertake1.com.

Top Left: Craig Jones, Debra Martinez and Shana Epstein. Top Right: Brooks Provost Toni Johnson and Craig Jones. Bottom: Checking in for the Water:Take 1 Online Short Film Contest Awards at Brooks Institute.

Top Left: Craig Jones, Debra Martinez and Shana Epstein. Top Right: Brooks Provost Toni Johnson and Craig Jones. Bottom: Checking in for the Water:Take 1 Online Short Film Contest Awards at Brooks Institute.

From Ventura Water’s Pipeline Newsletter, March 2016

SAVE WATER. WIN A PRIUS.

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The 5th Annual National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation has started. Do your part this Earth Month (April 1-30) by taking 1 minute to go to MYWATERPLEDGE.COM and make your pledge to conserve water and energy on behalf of your city. We’re giving away over $50,000 in prizes like a 2016 new Toyota Prius and a $1000 home improvement shopping spree!

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We’re giving away up to $100 cash, an Apple iPad mini and more eco-friendly prizes so make your pledge and start sharing today! The earlier you make your pledge and share, the more chances you have of winning.

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