VCPWA Announces Road Closure Due to Bradley Road Bridge Replacement

Full Road Closure on Bradley Road beginning September 6th 2022 until November 30th, 2022. The Ventura County Public Works Agency (VCPWA) announces the replacement of the Bradley Road Bridge, beginning August 26th, 2022 until November 30th, 2022. The old bridge, built in 1930 will be replaced to bring the structure up to the current safety…

Volunteers of all ages pitch in to help keep our local beaches clean.

Eco-tip: Coastal Cleanup Day will tidy Ventura County beaches and waterways

By David Goldstein On Saturday, from 9 a.m. to noon, Ventura County Coastal Cleanup Day will bring trash-gathering volunteers to more than 20 sites as part of the 38th annual International Coastal Cleanup Day on Sept. 17. The local effort targets beaches as well as inland sites from Fillmore to Simi Valley. Last year in…

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MATILIJA DAM ECOSYSTEM RESTORATION PROJECT

Notice REQUEST FOR QUALIFICIATIONS MATILIJA DAM ECOSYSTEM RESTORATION PROJECT ROBLES DIVERSION AND FISH PASSAGE FACILITY IMPROVEMENTS & MEINERS OAKS FLOOD PROTECTION IMPROVEMENTS: PHASE 2 DESIGN PLANNING PROJECT September 2, 2022 Online Summary Notice of Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for Design Planning Assistance Ventura County Public Works Agency – Watershed Protection (VCPWA-WP), working in partnership with…

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When landscaping, consider threat of fire

By David Goldstein Special to the Acorn Due to watering restrictions, many residents are planning changes to their landscapes. Besides drought-tolerant plants, fire resistance should be considered. Nearly any plant becomes tinder when dead, so if your thirsty landscape cannot survive the reduced watering schedules, remove them before they die. You might also consider ridding…

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EYE ON THE ENVIRONMENT – JOIN NEW PLANTING EFFORTS FOR FIRE RECOVERY

by David Goldstein Come take a walk on the wild side if you are tired of paring back your home’s landscaping in response to watering restrictions and fire dangers, and you just want to plant big, beautiful expanses you can visit in years to come. On the wild side of the urban/wildland interface, conservationists are…

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Eco-tip: Mulch helps keep your trees, plants alive while saving water

July 17, 2022 By David Goldstein As local gardeners and farmers look for ways to keep their fruit trees alive while meeting water conservation goals, they can consider the water savings gained by applying organic mulch, as documented in an influential 1999 University of California study. The study’s findings and recommendations have gained relevance today…

From Student Worker to Executive Leadership at VCPWA

Matt Ehret Promoted to Watershed Protection’s Deputy Director for Design and Construction Matt Ehret, a 20-year employee with the Ventura County Public Works Agency (VCPWA), has been promoted to Deputy Director for Design and Construction within Watershed Protection (WP). His new role involves planning and managing environmentally responsible flood protection and stormwater management assets throughout…

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EYE ON THE ENVIRONMENT | JULY 4 BARBECUES: GAS VERSUS CHARCOAL

EYE ON THE ENVIRONMENT | JULY 4 BARBECUES: GAS VERSUS CHARCOAL June 29th, 2022 by David Goldstein As you prepare to celebrate Independence Day with Fourth of July barbecues, consider the example of Ali Ghasemi, the executive officer at the Ventura County Air Pollution Control District. “I have two gas barbecues,” he told me. “One…

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GREYWATER: THE GREEN WAY TO WATER EVERY DAY

Greywater: The green way to water every day EYE ON THE ENVIRONMENT David Goldstein One by one, local cities have restricted outdoor watering to one day per week. Even cities not receiving water from the Metropolitan Water District are considering similar limitations. Regardless of the restrictions, there is a way to water every day; it’s…

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EYE ON THE ENVIRONMENT | CONDITIONS FOR WATER CONDITIONING WHEN SOFTENERS ARE HARD ON THE ENVIRONMENT

EYE ON THE ENVIRONMENT | CONDITIONS FOR WATER CONDITIONING WHEN SOFTENERS ARE HARD ON THE ENVIRONMENT 6/1/2022 by David Goldstein Nearly everyone in Ventura County subscribes to trash collection service, requiring three separate trucks to stop at their house each week, but thousands of people also subscribe to another environmental service requiring an additional truck.…