From the SOAR Summer 2012 Newsletter

Waterway Befriended…

Ventura River Gains Powerful Allies

Like the Sespe Wilderness and the Santa Clara River, the Ventura River boasts a passionate and organized advocate in the newly invigorated Friends of the Ventura River.

Building on a successful effort to halt major development plans for the Canada Larga Valley in 2010, the broad coalition of community groups (including SOAR), businesses, and government agencies is actively working to support restoration and permanent protection of the Ventura River waterway as a functioning ecosystem and as publicly accessible open space.

Stretching from headwaters in the Santa Ynez Mountains through the Ojai Valley and down to the sea along Ventura’s western flank, the Ventura River is home to a multitude of native plants and wildlife including the endangered steelhead trout.  The river is dammed in multiple places but is nevertheless one of the last remaining wild coastal rivers in Southern California.  To learn more and get involved visit


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