Why is this happening and why now?
It is both illegal and dangerous to camp in the Ventura River.

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.

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1. What is happening in the Ventura River?
2. Why is this happening and why now?
3. When will the illegal camp removal begin?
4. How will the clearing take place and how will this affect me?
5. Who will dismantle the illegal camps?
6. Where will the people who live in the river bottom go?
7. How will the removal of illegal camps be sustained or reinforced?
8. Who made the decision to remove the camps?
9. Who owns the property in and around the Ventura River?
10. What can I do to help?