To Whom It May Concern: Waking Up to Water

by Deborah Pendrey, Director

The meetings and events list below are mostly about getting informed, because we believe it's true that 'knowledge is power'. That said, our powerful knowledge must then be funneled into activism.

Take your pick - help plant drought-tolerant native plants in yards or the creek, show up at City Council and County Supervisor meetings, attend Board meetings of our public water agencies and the companies you invest in. Why? So they know you are paying attention - the list and needs are endless.

Endless - I think that's where so many of us can and do get stuck. Just about every day - in the words of my favorite global warming 101 video: I try to Wake Up to what is going on around me, I definitely Freak Out about it, and then I Get a Grip and do my best. It's okay, it has to be. What counts is what we do with being freaked out or overwhelmed or however challenges are showing up for us.

Water is a big one for us right now . . . will you commit to showing up for at least one offering on the list below? And don't everyone pick the one with the free wine (it takes about 31 gallons of water to produce one glass according to the World Water Day folks).

Wednesday, August 6 Ojai Valley Water Quality Mixer
Please join the Ventura County Resource Conservation District to discuss current water quality issues, pending regulations, and ways to improve conditions in the Ventura River watershed and the greater Ojai Valley. The event will be held 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Ojai Valley Museum. Food and wine will be served. Please RSVP here.

Thursday, August 7 Ventura River Watershed Council Meeting
The meeting will run 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the Topping Room of the Foster Library, 651 E. Main St., Ventura. Click here for the agenda.

Tuesday, August 12 OVGC Watershed Workgroup meeting
At this monthly OVGC Resource Center meeting we will conduct regular business 4:30 to 5:15 p.m., and then Jim Hines from the Sierra Club, Los Padres Chapter will lead a discussion on 'The Politics of the Drought' from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m.

Wednesday, August 13 CMWD Board Meeting
The Casitas Municipal Water District holds its regular monthly Board meetings the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Click here for the last agenda.

Saturday, August 16 Rainwater Capturing/Graywater Workshop
The CMWD sponsored workshop will be held at the Oak View Park & Resource Center 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and an RSVP is requested.

Monday, August 25 OVSD Board Meeting
The Ojai Valley Sanitary District holds its regular monthly Board meetings starting at 6:00 p.m. the 4th Monday of the month. Click here for the last agenda.

Thursday, August 28 OBGMA Board Meeting
The Ojai Basin Groundwater Management Agency holds its regular monthly Board meetings from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. the last Thursday of the month. Click here for the last agenda.

Thursday, September 11 Restoring Nature with Regenerative Agriculture
Hosted by the Coalition and sponsored by Nutiva, special guest Darren Doherty will present on rebooting agriculture and then join in a panel discussion. This event will be held at the Ojai Valley Women's Club, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

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