2016-2017 Watershed Hero Award Winner Juanamaria Elementary School

On Monday, April 17, 2017, in front of City Council and in honor of Earth Day, Juanamaria Elementary School was honored with the 2016 – 2017 Watershed Hero Award for their eco-friendly water saving practices fostering our community’s sustainability. Sustainable Ventura News cameras took a visit to the school to find out more, WATCH!

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

Win COOL Prizes by entering YOUR PHOTO in the Capture Conservation Contest



Enter YOUR PHOTO in the Capture Conservation Contest to WIN these cool prizes:

4 tickets to SeaWorld in San Diego

4 tickets to Caesar’s Palace Absinthe show

2 tickets for a one day trip to Santa Cruz Island

4 Golf ‘N Stuff Miniature Golf Tickets

40% Patagonia Coupon

**WIN A FREE Trip for 2 adults to Santa Cruz Island. Enter a PHOTO for Capture Conservation,  Find out more & ENTER, click here!

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Ventura County Star: Keep Conserving Water Ventura; We Haven’t Cut 20% Yet

By Suzanne McCombs, Ventura County Star

On June 8, the Ventura City Council will consider changes to our water rates that would apply during a water shortage emergency. The new th-1 proposed rates prioritize conservation and aim for full revenue loss recovery when water consumption declines due to mandated conservation.

The Water Shortage Task Force felt it was important to recognize the existing conservation efforts made by many residents and recommended a rate structure that protects users in the lowest use tier from increases in rates.

If the rates are approved by the City Council, water bills for Ventura Water customers who do not conserve will increase. None of us want rates to increase, but the prolonged and deepening drought is a reality for now. We all have to do our part to be responsible stewards of our natural resources and make efforts to sustain the quality of life we cherish in Ventura.





Join the City of Ventura by visiting mywaterpledge.com

Cities nationwide to compete to see who can be most “water wise” 


With at least 36 states facing water shortages this year, mayors across the nation will be asking residents to make a commitment to conserve water and cut pollution by participating in a national contest aimed  at drastically slashing water and energy use across the country- and in return, residents can win a new Toyota Prius Plug-in , water saving fixtures, and hundreds of other prizes.

In addition to helping the environment, the mayors earn bragging rights about winning the Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation, a non-profit competition, April 1-30, to see which leaders can best inspire their residents to make a series of informative, easy to use online pages to reduce water and energy usage.

How City of Ventura Residents Can Participate


1.  Go to mywaterpledge.com

2. CLICK ON the Home Page link and Pledge either with your Facebook Account or Email address

3. TYPE in the name of your city — Ventura, Ca & PLEDGE

Cities compete in the following population categories: (5,000 – 29,999 residents, 30,000 – 99,999 residents, 100,000 – 299,999 residents, 300,000-599,999 residents, and 600,000+ residents).  Cities with the highest percentage of residents who take the challenge in their population category are deemed the winner.  Residents from those cities are entered to win an array of environmentally positive prizes.

For more information & Water Tips, visit the City’s Website: CLICK HERE.