“There is something special about a river. It has been someplace and has somewhere to go.”
The Friends of the Ventura River is a coalition of community groups and individuals who are working to protect and enhance the Ventura River watershed to ensure sustainability and enrich our quality of life.
This website is a place for friends to post their ideas, concerns, and activities and provide for a community forum about the river in our backyard. It also serves to provide transparency and to preserve the history of many of the recurring problems in the Ventura River Watershed, hopefully to guide us in making better decisions today & in the future.
Ventura River Watershed: existing conditions, data, habitat and continuing planning efforts.
Birdwatching along the Ventura River: Some birds you can see
Graduate students at UCSB’s Bren School have completed their thesis project to develop useful strategies for a plan for sustainable water use in the Ventura River Watershed. See: Sustainable Water Use in the Ventura River Watershed, for their methodology & the results of their study.
The Ventura River Parkway Map (First edition) is available at Patagonia, Real Cheap Sports, surf shops, Ventura Bike Depot, Ventura Parks & Rec, State Parks, Ventura Vistor’s Bureau, REI in Oxnard & Santa Barbara, The Mob Shop in Ojai & some other locations. Get your hands on one & start exploring! http://friendsofventurariver.org/the-map/
NEXT FRIENDS MEETING will be held at Patagonia in the Grand Meeting Room in January 2014. Meeting date & time will be posted to Facebook and the agenda will be posted to our blog when available.
GET INVOLVED in the Ventura River Parkway by volunteering to help our local conservancies with river restoration projects: Ojai Valley Land Conservancy and Ventura Hillsides Conservancy have ongoing projects on their properties in the river where volunteers can make a tremendous difference!
GET INVOLVED in Ventura River Water Quality testing by volunteering for Stream Team, which meets monthly for volunteer water quality monitoring on the Ventura River. Contact Ben at Santa Barbara Channelkeeper, (805) 563-3377 ext. 3 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
SUPPORT our Friends Coalition members‘ work on the Ventura River Parkway and other projects to benefit our community.