Monday, August 10, 2009

Paintball Cleanup

Paintball Cleanup on the Ventura River
Saturday, August 22nd, 9am-12pm

We need volunteers to help cleanup a huge illegal dump site at an area along the Ventura River used for paintball battles that has recently been shut down by the City.

Volunteers will help collect hundreds of pounds of recyclable materials and paint balls as a part of a larger effort to remediate this site. This project is in partnership with the City of Ventura and Ventura Surfrider Foundation.

When: Saturday, August 22nd, 9 am-12pm

Where: From Hwy 101 take Hwy 33 North. Exit on Casitas Vista Road and turn left (towards Foster Park). Drive approximately ½ mile (over bridge) and veer right on Santa Ana Rd. Drive approximately one mile to cleanup area on right (will be posted).

What to bring: Drinks, gloves, and trash bags provided. Please bring sunscreen or a hat and dress appropriately. Sturdy shoes and long pants recommended.

To RSVP and for questions contact Ben Pitterle at

Background: Early this summer, we were contacted by locals concerned about the growing problem in the riverbed. After visiting the site and witnessing the trash and debris, we learned that this is within the City of Ventura's water supply protection area, located just upstream from the wells at Foster Park. We notified the city, who took prompt action to investigate and coordinate cleanup activities. The area is now posted against trespass and paintball activities have stopped.