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Crime, drug use and brush fires are widespread in this area. The river flow is dangerous during winter rains and has claimed lives; public safety personnel have rescued several homeless people from the rising water in the past at significant risk and expense.
Trash and waste generated primarily by illegal encampments is accumulating at an alarming rate. Illegal camps degrade river and beach water quality with bacteria, nitrates, nutrients and trash. Stringent regulations to protect public health and the environment include legal mandates that result in penalties for noncompliance.
Owners of the property in the Ventura River have been mowing the arundo (invasive non-native plant species) that grows in the river. The clearing of the arundo must be done in late summer/fall for environmental reasons, and the upcoming winter rains make this the appropriate season to remove debris and illegal encampments.
During the trash and arundo removal from the river bed, the County and social service providers have made every effort to be sensitive to the needs of those who are camping there and who may not be aware of resources to help them end their homelessness. Social service providers seek to assist individuals to find appropriate housing in Ventura, or unite them with family or friends if they desire, and get them the medical attention and other services they need to mitigate the impact on our community. While it is not illegal to be homeless, it is illegal to camp on public or private property without written permission.
For corner and double frontage residential lots, 1 access on each frontage may be permitted if it is determined by the City Engineer that 2 driveways are needed to provide safe access for traffic entering and leaving the lot because of site distance and geometric design consideration.
Call 652-4525 for more information on the City's sweeping schedule.
Contact the City's Tree Hotline at (805) 677-6519.
Reviewing your water bill is a good first step to understand how much water is being used. Fixing leaks both indoors and outdoors is the easiest step to reduce water use. One leaking toilet can waste between 300 to 60,000 gallons per month and even a slow drip from a faucet can use 450 gallons per month. Outdoor leaks from irrigation systems are also responsible for a lot of water waste.
A free water efficiency survey is a great way to:
1) Decode your bill. Learn how to read your water meter and understand your water bill.
2) Assess your usage. A complete evaluation of your indoor and outdoor water usage, including leak detection.
3) Save water. Free water conservation devices and recommendations to save water.
Free water saving devices such as showerheads, garden hose shut-off nozzles, and shower shut-off valvels are also available to residents at the Ventura Water booth during community special events, at City Hall Treasury, located at:
501 Poli Street
Ventura, CA 93001
As well as at the Building Permit offices, located at:
You can also accomplish all of this by contacting Customer Care at 805-667-6500. Most of these items and more are also available in the Environmental Sustainability Kits offered free to residents this summer by contacting the City of Ventura Environmental Sustainability Division at 805-652-4525.
Lawns are commonly over-watered and there are a number of strategies customers can use to help their landscapes through the drought. The top recommendation is to cycle start your irrigation times. The idea is to break up your lawn watering into shorter irrigation times, but have it run two or three times within an hour or so.
Example: I water my lawn for 10 minutes at 7 am every Wednesday. After 5 minutes of watering I notice the water starts to run off of the lawn and onto the sidewalk. The water runs off because the lawn is saturated, meaning the remaining 5 minutes of irrigation the lawn does not soak up the water well. This is inefficient.
Instead I would want to implement the cycle start method. With the cycle start method I now water for 5 minutes at 7 am, then set another start time at 7:40 am for another 5 minutes every.
This time in-between starts will allow the water to soak deeper into the lawn without run-off. The deeper the water soaks in the deeper the grass roots grow to reach it. Deep roots will help to establish a strong and healthy lawn.
If you notice your water start to run off after 3 mins you can cycle start three times. 7 am run irrigation for 3 minutes, 7:25 am run irrigation 3 minutes, 7:50 am run irrgation 3 minutes. Notice, cycle starts can be tricky to set up on a irrigation controller. If you still would like more clarity on best procedures for watering lawn request a free water efficiency survey.
If you have been considering alternative landscaping, such as native gardens or native grass or even synthetic lawns, then this may be a good time to make the switch.
For landscaping and gardening tips, as well as incentives, visit our rebates and incentives page or attend a free gardening class.
Yes, you should water your trees whether or not there is a drought. The infrequent rainstorms locally do little to moisten the soil deep enough for trees to benefit year-round. Many of the planted trees in Ventura are from other parts of the world where rainfall totals may be higher. Even native trees need supplemental water now and then. If we water trees regularly and appropriately we can prevent issues that can occur during an extended drought.
Watering your tree with lawn sprinklers will not provide enough water for the tree. Sprinkler water does not soak deep enough into the soil to reach tree roots, and these ground covering plants use up the water before the tree can get to it.
Sometimes these areas are covered by our homes, driveways, sidewalks and other impervious areas, in these cases do the best you can. Watering in a lesser optimal location is better than no water.
If you notice these conditions occurring in your tree, check the soil moisture to see if there is enough to support water uptake. Refer to the question above, "How can I tell if my tree is getting enough water?" for information on checking soil moisture.