July 2011

July 26, 2011

The Watershed Council meets the 2nd Thursday of each month

The Watershed Council meets the 2nd Thursday [check calendar to confirm] of each month at 5:30 p.m. at our resource center located at 327 E. Ojai Ave.

The Ojai Valley Green Coalition Watershed Council purpose is to preserve and conserve the Ventura River watershed through education, advocacy and action.

Watersheds are nature's boundaries for water resources. A watershed encompasses all areas that drain to a common waterbody such as a lake, river, or estuary. When rain falls or snow melts, water either flows downhill, eventually reaching the ocean, or percolates through the soil and replenishes groundwater. As it flows, water picks up pollutants, including sediment and debris. As a result, physical, chemical, biological processes, and human activities within a watershed affect water, land and other natural resources.

We agree that watersheds underlie all human endeavors and form the foundation for all future aspirations and survival. Watersheds topographically define community and the health of a watershed depends on collaborative relations between neighbors in the shared basin.


The Ventura River and its tributaries comprise the major watershed in the western portion of Ventura County. The other drainages are relatively small undeveloped coastal drainages like the San Jon Barranca that drains a portion of the City of San Buenaventura. The Ventura River Watershed comprises an area of approximately 223 square miles with a little less than half of it within the Los Padres National Forest. The Ventura River outlets into the Pacific Ocean and has several major tributaries including Matilija Creek, North Fork Matilija Creek, San Antonio Creek, Coyote Creek and Canada Larga.

The average annual rainfall for the drainage basin upstream of Matilija Dam is 23.9 inches per year while the average annual rainfall near the mouth of the Ventura River is approximately 16.9 inches per year. The average for the entire watershed is approximately 20 inches per year. There is extreme seasonal variation in the rainfall and over 90 percent of the rainfall occurs between the months of November and April. The peak historic rainfall intensity is approximately 4.04 inches per hour measured during a 15-minute period at the Wheeler Gorge gage in the mountains adjacent to Ojai.

The Ventura Watershed lies within the western Transverse Ranges in California, an active tectonic region that contributes some of the highest sediment yields in the United States. The range is composed almost entirely of highly folded and faulted marine sedimentary rocks. Steep slopes in the upper portion of the watershed produce a large portion of sediment supplied to the Ventura River. Mass wasting from erodible, colluvial soils on hillsides, including slides, slumps, debris flows and earthflows, is a common mechanism by which sediment is transported to the river channels. Sediment production in the area is also impacted by the occurrence of forest fires that clear the normally dense vegetation and greatly increase the erodibility of land surfaces (US Army Corps of Engineers, 2004).

The watershed topography is characterized by rugged mountains in the upper basins transitioning to relatively flat valleys in the lower downstream areas. Over 75 percent of the Ventura River Watershed is classified as rangeland covered with shrub and brush and 20 percent of the basin is classified as forested. In general, the highest sediment-producing parts of the watershed are those covered in shrub and brush and are located in the upper parts of the watershed where slopes are greater and annual rainfall is larger. Nearly 45 percent of the watershed can be classified as mountainous, 40 percent as foothill, and 15 percent as valley area. Two major reservoirs lie within the watershed, Lake Casitas and Matilija Reservoir. Both serve as water supply reservoirs, with Casitas Dam located on Coyote Creek about 2 miles upstream of its confluence with the Ventura River.

There are five debris basins that collect sediment from drainages before they enter the mainstream Ventura River. Live Oak, McDonald and Dent Canyon basins are on direct tributaries of the Ventura River. There is one on Stewart Canyon, a tributary to San Antonio Creek, and another partially destroyed basin on upper San Antonio Creek. Major communities in Zone 1 include the City of Ojai, community of Oak View, and the western part of City of San Buenaventura.


The Watershed Council meets the 2nd Thursday [check calendar to confirm] of each month at 5:30 p.m. at our resource center located at 327 E. Ojai Ave. See calendar.

July 25, 2011

Join Us for an Open House and Input Gathering Session

Over wine & cheese we'd love to have you see the new resource center (located at 327 E. Ojai Ave.), learn a little about our past, and share your hopes for the future.

Please RSVP for the date that works for you:

5:30-6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, August 2

Monday, August 8

Monday, August 15

RSVP to (805) 669-8445 or membership -@- ojaivalleygreencoalition.com

Please leave name, phone and email address.

Canning Class With Culinary Club & Thunderbird Farms

On July 9 the OVGC Culinary Club held a canning class teaching the art of making ‘sugarless’ jam. Cecil and Sue Baumgartner of Thunderbird Farms generously opened up their home for us and we canned many jars of apricot jam. The class maxed out and had a long waiting list.

Cecil, who teaches middle school, was a natural and it was definitely a hands on class.

We learned how to pick the fruit and then helped cut, stir, jar and everything in between.

The Ojai Valley Green Coalition encourages you to stop by Thunderbird Farms at the Sunday Farmers Market and say "Hi." We plan to collaborate with Cecil and Sue on a regular basis – learning how to can, prune, and companion plant to name a few. Stay tuned!


July 14, 2011

July E-News 2011

Check out the Ojai Valley Green Coalition's monthly E-news:

* Canning Class 101

* Creek Riparian Habitat Restoration Update and Upcoming Workday


* Green Home & Building Tour is Back for 2011
* Welcome New Board Member Kerry Miller



Read E-News Here...

July E-News 2011

Check out the Ojai Valley Green Coalition's monthly E-news:

* Canning Class 101

* Creek Riparian Habitat Restoration Update and Upcoming Workday

* Green Home & Building Tour is Back for 2011

* Welcome New Board Member Kerry Miller

Read E-News Here...

July 6, 2011

Food News - July 2011

Find out what the Food Council has been up to:

* Let (food) freedom ring

* The Whole Foods Parking Lot RAP

* 2011 Pesticides in Produce Shopping Guide

* Upcoming Events

* Calling All Cooks

Read Food News Here...

Food News - July 2011

Find out what the Food Council has been up to:

* Let (food) freedom ring

* The Whole Foods Parking Lot RAP

* 2011 Pesticides in Produce Shopping Guide

* Upcoming Events

* Calling All Cooks

Read Food News Here...