Why is the City seeking to adjudicate water rights in the Ventura River Watershed?

Taking notice of the challenges facing the watershed, Santa Barbara Channelkeeper took initial legal action against the City of Ventura in 2014 to limit the City’s use of the Ventura River. The City recognized and continues to recognize Channelkeeper’s concerns and agrees action must be taken to protect the region’s local water resources and all who depend on them. However, this cannot be accomplished by only one local water user, as the City only accounts for a portion of the total water used by hundreds of users in the watershed. As a result, the City made the difficult decision to file a cross-complaint to bring all water users to the table and develop a clear, effective framework for the future.

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1. Why have I received a notice or summons?
2. Will I still receive water service from my service provider?
3. What is the difference between receiving a notification or a summon?
4. Am I a party to this lawsuit?
5. Should I hire an attorney?
6. What happens if I file an answer or other pleading?
7. What happens if I don't file an answer or other pleading?
8. How do I file an answer or other pleading?
9. When is the next hearing in this case?
10. What is this lawsuit about? What is it trying to accomplish?
11. Why is the City seeking to adjudicate water rights in the Ventura River Watershed?
12. How does the City use water from the Ventura River?
13. Since Channelkeeper filed the initial lawsuit, why did I receive the notice?
14. What is the City's goal in resolving this litigation?