Protecting Local Water Resources


A leader in efficient and effective water management strategies, the City of Ventura is committed to protecting its water resources. As factors like climate change and prolonged periods of drought continue to impact the Ventura River Watershed, the City’s approach to managing and protecting its water supplies must evolve as well.

The City aims to develop a locally-driven and enforceable solution through collaboration with the watershed’s many diverse stakeholders – creating a framework that considers all water users’ needs and ensures we share the responsibility in safeguarding this precious resource for the future.

The Process: Establishing A Local Solution 

Taking note of the challenges facing the watershed, Santa Barbara Channelkeeper took initial legal action against the City of Ventura to limit the City’s use of the Ventura River. Sharing Channelkeeper’s concerns, the City is pleased to have recently reached an interim settlement regarding use of the Ventura River, but recognizes that further action must be taken to protect the region’s local water resources – and cannot be taken one party at a time.

Because of this, the City made the necessary decision to file a cross complaint and bring all the watershed’s users to the table to develop a court approved agreement (called a “physical solution”) that protects the entire Ventura River Watershed for all who depend on it. The City has already been in discussion with many of our region’s largest agricultural and municipal water users, and we are all in agreement that we need a new approach to managing the watershed for the future.

Adjudication Notification Process

As the next step in this process, the City is notifying all owners of real property in the Watershed’s four groundwater basins, or a summons to all owners of real property that abut (is next to) the Ventura River or its tributaries, to allow them to participate in the case should they desire to do so. The City’s goal is to ensure that a local and fair solution is determined that considers everyone’s needs.

Questions? Below is a link to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding the adjudication notification process. If you have additional questions, the City will be holding three public meetings where the City’s staff and legal representatives will be available to answer questions; these meetings will be held the following dates and times:

Thursday, January 30, 2020, from 6:00-8:00 PM 

Matilija Junior High School, Auditorium

 703 El Paseo Road, Ojai, CA 93023

Wednesday, February 12, 2020, from 6:00-8:00 PM

Bell Arts Factory, Community Room

 432 N. Ventura Ave, Ventura, CA 93001

Thursday, February 13, 2020, from 6:00-8:00 PM

Oak View Community Center, Kunkle Room

 18 Valley Road, Oak View, CA 93022

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