HELP KEEP VENTURA BEAUTIFUL – Volunteer for the 31st Annual Coastal Cleanup, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015

CoastalOn the third Saturday of every September, people across California join together to take part in the State’s largest volunteer event to remove trash and debris from California’s waterways. The event, known as Coastal Cleanup Day, brings thousands of concerned citizens together to help remove litter and toxic materials from our coastal waterways.

So, this Saturday, September 19, from 9am to Noon, team up with Volunteer Ventura for the 31th Annual California Coastal Cleanup!

When you volunteer for this important event to remove trash and debris from our ocean landscape, your efforts will help protect marine and other wildlife as well keep Ventura safe and clean for humans to enjoy.

There are six locations around Ventura that will be removing litter from the coast, creeks, rivers, lakes and shorelines. Coastal Cleanup is asking that you BYO bag, bucket, and gloves (or trash grabber) as well as your own reusable water bottle so as not to create more trash for the cleanup!

For more information on the Cleanup and the locations, CLICK HERE.

Ventura Beaches get straight A’s on Heal the Bay’s Annual Beach Report Card

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For the past 20 years, Heal the Bay, a non-profit environmental organization that works to ensure that the Southern California coastal waters and watersheds are safe, healthy and clean presents The Annual Beach Report Card (BRC), a public health protection tool which reports on ocean water quality with analysis conducted by local health agencies and dischargers.

Over 450 beaches along the California coast are graded from A to F on the basis of bacteria analysis of the waters and in the 2015 BRC, Ventura beaches scored straight A’s! FIND OUT MORE. 

Beaches are graded on water quality on Fridays, so, when the heat turns up and you’re headed for the beach, it’s always a good idea to check the grade of the beach you’ll be visiting, CLICK HERE.

Also visit, http://www.healthebay.org/beach-report-card and

Find out more about how the Annual Beach Report Card works, CLICK HERE.

Photos from “Urban Gold” Water Wise Class, November 9, 2013

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On Saturday, November 9, 2013, 10am-11:30am, Ben Faber, Farm Advisor, UCCE Ventura Co., spoke about how to improve the biology of your soil to create a thriving garden and more at the FREE “Urban Gold” Water Wise Class held at the City of Ventura’s Sanjon Maintenance Yard.

The next FREE Water Wise Class Series starts in March 2014.  Stay tuned to VenturaWater.net, VenturaWater.org and SustainableVentura.TV for more information!

FREE Water Wise Class: Urban Gold Garden Class on Saturday, November 9

Environmental Specialist Jill Sarick talks to a full house at the FREE Water Wise Class held Saturday, October 12 in Ventura.

Environmental Specialist Jill Sarick talks to a full house at the FREE Water Wise Class held Saturday, October 12 in Ventura.

The third class in the FREE Water Wise Gardening series, Urban Gold, takes place on Saturday, November 9, 2013 from 10:00am-11:30am at the City of Ventura Public Works Maintenance Yard, 336 Sanjon Road in Ventura.

Find out how to improve the water holding capacity and biology of your soil to create a health compost, compost teas and natural humates that improve soil vitality, the foundation of thriving gardens.

The Water Wise Gardening series has been extremely popular.  Over 50 attendees have attended the last two class sessions.

The event is hosted by Aqua-flo and refreshments are provided.

An Ocean Friendly Garden in Ventura.

An Ocean Friendly Garden in Ventura.

To Register for the class and for more information, visit:  http://www.cityofventura.net/water/landscape

Also contact:  Jill Sarick (805) 652-4501 or email:  jsarick@cityofventura.net

Listen to the Podcast from the October 12, 2013 Water Wise Ocean Friendly Gardens Class.

Watch the VIDEO from the first September 12, 2013 Water Wise Class:  SoCal Bloomers

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SAVE THE DATE: September 21, 2013, 9:00am-Noon, The 29th Annual Coastal Cleanup Day NEEDS YOU!

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Historically, California’s coast and waterways have been collection spots for trash and debris.  It’s important to remove all litter, which can be harmful, even fatal to marine wildlife.

How does this happen?

Let’s look at some specific examples starting with plastic in the water.  Marine life can get caught in the debris and also consume it.  Plastic bags found in ocean debris, is not biodegradable. It photodegrades, which means it breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces, but it does not go away. These small pieces absorb oil and other toxins that may be in the water, making them saturated in chemicals. Plankton feeders ingest these small pieces, along with their normal food sources.  In some areas of the ocean, the ratio of plastic to plankton is 10 to 1!  In addition to impacting the marine creature that eats the plastic, plastic may cause genetic mutations that can impact future generations. Fish eat other fish with some working up the food chain all the way to human consumption. Think what this means to humans who ingest fish!

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Broken glass, sharp metal items or discarded syringes can pose an immediate threat to those walking on the beach or swimming in the water, as do medical and personal hygiene debris, pet waste, fertilizer and pesticide runoff that get into the water through stormdrains.

Where does marine debris come from?

The majority originates on land with approximately 20% coming from commercial and recreational vessels and offshore petroleum platforms — litter discarded miles from the shoreline that eventually find their way to our beaches, trash that makes its way into the untreated stormdrain system washing up on our shores.  It’s important to note that all these sources are preventable when people choose not to litter.

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Statistics from last year’s cleanup

Tens of thousands of people turned up to pick up trash at over 850 sites in 55 of California’s 58 counties.  In a preliminary report from the California Coastal Commission with 70% of the cleanup sites reporting:

57,442 volunteers picked up 534,115 pounds of trash and an additional 105,816 pounds of recyclable materials for a total of 639, 930 pounds or 320 tons!

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Make it a FUN day for the entire family

Traditionally, the Cleanup Day has been a great activity for families, students, individuals, and service groups to do something positive for the community where we all live.  “It’s a fantastic way to make friends, set an example for young people and participate in an event that really makes a difference,” said City of Ventura Environmental Specialist Courtney Lindberg.

imagesFor the cleanup, it is suggested to come prepared for the weather (hat, shoes, sunscreen, reusable water bottle, sunglasses, etc.). The cleanup asks volunteers to help reduce waste by bringing your own container for collecting trash, such as a reusable bucket, a milk jug with the top cut off, or a reused shopping bag as well as work gloves and a reusable water bottle. However, bags, gloves, data cards, pencils, etc., will be available and provided on site.

Participate in Coastal Cleanup Day, Watch For Signup information coming soon at:  http://www.CityofVentura.net/VolunteerOpportunities

Also visit the California Coastal Cleanup Day website, HERE.

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GREEN REMINDER:  Anytime you see litter anywhere, please pick it up!  Help Keep our home and our waterways safe, beautiful and clean.