Ventura 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.
Ask an Irrigation Professional with Ewing Irrigation
Saturday, December 5, 2015
10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
City of Ventura’s Maintenance Yard
336 Sanjon Rd
Ventura, CA 93001
Learn how to set your timer to meet CA State Mandates during the drought and still keep your landscape alive. Learn what types of add-ons and devices you can use to help improve water efficiency and decrease overall need for potable irrigation water.Snacks and Refreshments will be served.
Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. – Composting & Healthy Soils with Dr. Rot ~ Healthy soil acts like a sponge, holding onto water and cleaning out pollutions. You can make your own healthy soil by adding homemade compost and mulch. Learn how! Green Thumb Nursery, 1899 Victoria Ave., Ventura. RSVP, CLICK HERE!
Learn how advanced water purification technology is part of Ventura Water’s sustainable future!
The public is invited to sign up for a free, in-depth tour of Ventura’s new VenturaWaterPure Potable Reuse Demonstration Facility. Tours are held every Saturday from 9-11 a.m. for up to 20 people per tour.
We will also accommodate private groups interested in weekday tours with advanced notice. Please let us know when YOU want a tour! This tour offers a great opportunity for science teachers to bring students on a field trip, for club members to learn something new, and for environmental groups, non-profits, public works employees and others to learn about innovative potable reuse purification technologies.
VenturaWaterPure is a pilot project for the City of Ventura, which is investing in safe and sustainable ways to meet long-term water supply demands by expanding the use of recycled water. Ventura currently provides recycled water from the Ventura Water Reclamation Facility to two golf courses and landscape irrigation in the Ventura Harbor and Olivas Drive areas. Adding “potable reuse” purification technologies at the Ventura Water Reclamation Facility will extend Ventura’s use of local water sources – a proven, drought–resistant, locally developed and reliable way to be smart about water use!
In 2010, the City of Ventura in partnership with the Surfrider Foundation held the first FREE Water Wise Gardening Class Series which was aimed at informing Ventura Water residents on how they could help promote environmental sustainability in their landscape, conserve local water resources, reduce green waste production, curb water pollution and protect our oceans, as well as save money on their water bill. The series was so successful, often times with standing room only, that the City took note that residents were keen on learning more about these water wise topics.
To that end, the City has since procured special grants and community partners to help support and promote the free ongoing class series with classes being held once (sometimes more) a month on Saturday mornings from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., except during late summer and the winter holidays, when most residents are unavailable.
This past August 2015 kicked another new water wise series. A class overview includes: August 29: “How to Successfully Complete Your Garden Retrofit in 120 Days” (Navigating the new Water Wise Incentive Program application process and garden retrofit on time), September 12: “Right Plant, Right Place”(Where and how to plant native plants), October 10:“Composting & Healthy Soils with Dr. Rot” (Identifying your soil type and how to compost to create a rich soil), October 24:“Ocean Friendly Gardens Workshop” (A hands-on workshop using rainwater as a resource), November 21: “Rainwater Harvesting and Laundry to Landscape Graywater Reuse” (How to install a rain barrel and using laundry water instead of drinking water in your garden), December 5:“Ask an Irrigation Professional with Ewing Irrigation” (An A to Z opportunity to find out and ask any questions you may have regarding landscape irrigation watering methods and systems as well as how to program irrigation timers).
Environmental Specialist Jill Sarick talks to a full house at the FREE Water Wise Class
Each class will be presented by an esteemed industry professional with expertise in the area the present. Attendees also have the opportunity to mix, mingle and network, ask questions and enjoy complimentary refreshments before and after all class presentations. Informative literature and usable handouts are provided at all classes. Additionally, when appropriate for class demonstrations, devices are available for hands-on experience.
“Each class in the series is intended to build on the other,” said City of Ventura Environmental Specialist Jill Santos. “So in essence, it’s a library of information and of resources for the homeowner to use to improve the sustainability of their landscape and the efficiency of their outdoor irrigation system.”
“What’s really wonderful about this series is that the community has really come together, especially since the drought,” continued Santos. “Many working professionals have donated their time and resources to help educate the public on sustainable practices, and that’s really what it’s all about if were are going to have community sustainability and longevity.”
WATCH the Sustainable Ventura Interview with Jill Santos about the New Water Wise Series
Class Series List – CLICK links to Register (each will have a link)
August 29 – How to Successfully Complete Your Garden Retrofit in 120 Days
September 12 – Right Plant – Right Place with Nature by Design
October 10 – Composting & Healthy Soils with Dr. Rot – at Green Thumb (partner for the event)
TBD: 10/24 – Ocean Friendly Gardens – Hands-on Workshop Using Rainwater as a Resource at Juanamaria Elementary School
November 21 – Rainwater Harvesting and Laundry to Landscape Graywater reuse
December 5 – Ask an Irrigation Professional with Ewing Irrigation
All classes are held at 336 Sanjon Road – City Maintenance Yard except for the Composting Class, which is held at Green Thumb Nursery on 1899 S Victoria Ave., Ventura, CA
On 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.
Learn for FREE how to use the watershed-friendly approach in your garden. The five-part workshop series will be held on Saturdays, September-October 2015, at the Ventura County Government Center. Discover how to design, mulch, grade and plant for the efficient use of rainwater and the elimination of the long-term need for irrigation. You’ll be an expert water-conserving gardener in no time!