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Welcome to Friends of the Ventura River

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.

The coalition was formed in 2010 to build community support for the Ventura River Parkway as a long-term solution to ongoing problems with trash, human waster and other issues affecting our water quality and habitat within the Ventura River Watershed. For the past 3 years we have focused on the advancement of the Ventura River Parkway as a means to reconnect with the river and transform it into a community asset for all to enjoy.

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 RiverSome birds you can see

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!

NEXT FRIENDS MEETING will be held at Patagonia in the Grand Meeting Room in April 2014. The meeting date will be posted when available.  Meeting agenda will be posted to Facebook and our blog when available.


  • 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:

SUPPORT our Friends Coalition members‘ work on the Ventura River Parkway and other projects to benefit our community.

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