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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Tips on how YOU can prevent stormwater pollution!

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This segment of the Sustainable Ventura TV Series talks with City of Ventura Environmental Specialist Courtney Lindberg about how individuals can prevent stormwater pollution.

The Sustainable Ventura TV Series (May 2013 show), takes a trip to the Earth Day Eco-Fest in Promenade Park and visits with the Refill Shoppe in downtown Ventura to find out about their reduce, reuse and refill policy. Courtney Lindberg, Enviornmental Specialist with the City of Ventura, talks about preventing stormwater pollution. The show also takes a trip to the Ventura County Medical Center (VCMC) to look in on their new recycling programs.

Sustainable Ventura, hosted by Maryann Ridini Spencer and Ray Olson, airs on Caps-TV VTV’s Channel 15, Thursdays at 8:30pm. It rebroadcasts Monday-Thursday and Saturdays at 9:00am, Sundays at 8:30pm and every other Wednesday at 8:30pm.

LIKE THIS VIDEO on YOUTUBE, CLICK HERE.

Visit:  VenturaWater.net and VenturaWater.org

Ventura Water’s Waterwise Tip: When it Rains, It Drains!

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You can make a difference in curbing watershed pollution.   How?  Follow these 5 Waterwise Tips!

1.  Never dump debris (trash, oil, fertilizers, pesticides, etc.)  in a storm drain.  Just remember, water is the only thing that should be traveling down the drain.  Storm drains carry water directly (and untreated)  into the ocean and our waterways.

2.  Never throw cigarette butts on the ground or out the window.  If you see them on the ground, deposit them in a trash bin.

3. Cars have oils and greases that come off them when they are being washed.  So, when you wash your car, wash it on the grass.  Or better yet, take it to a commercial car wash.  Commercial car washes have special procedures for treating the water that comes off your car.

4. Always clean up after your pet. Doo the right thing!

5.  Don’t allow your grass and yard clippings to flow into the street or curb.  Either deposit them in the correct recycle bin and/compost yard and grass clippings.

Find out more about Stormwater and how you can make a difference! CLICK HERE.

Visit:  VenturaWater.net and VenturaWater.org