Monday, April 26, 2010

Watershed U presentation

Thursday April 22, 2010 - Watershed U. Session 1

Over 150 participants showed up for the first Watershed U - Ventura event last Thursday. The evening included a series of presentations intended to give an overview of Watershed U and our Ventura River watershed.

County Supervisor Steve Bennett started the evening with a greeting. This was followed by a traditional Chumash blessing from Julie Tumamait-Stenslie, elder and leader of the Barbareno/Ventureno Band of
Mission Indians.

Sabrina Drill, UC Cooperative Extension, presented 'What is a Watershed, and What is Watershed U.?'

Russ Baggerly Casitas Municipal Water District gave a short talk, and served as the Board Moderator.

After a short break, Dr Ed Keller, UC Santa Barbara, gave a great overview of the Geography/Geology of the Ventura River. He stressed the hazards from earthquake and flooding in our geologic and hydrologically unique region.

The final presentation was 'The Big Picture - Water Supply, Land Use, and Water Quality in the Ventura River Watershed.' The presentation first stressed the need for a better understanding of our water supply. It then described the connections between Land Use and Water Quality, and the need for 'restoration hydrology' or what I have termed 'reverse hydromodification.'

Presentations and useful links from the session are here