Thursday, June 25, 2009

Watershed film in Ojai

Almost 200 people packed into the Chaparral High School Auditorium in Ojai last night for the monthly Ojai Valley Green Coalition community presentation for the well publicized premier of Watershed Revolution.

The 30-minute documentary film profiles our Ventura River watershed and the community members and organizations working to protect and restore it. It highlights the unique challenges faced by a river that is this community’s main source of water. The film emphasizes the need for floodplain protection, sustainable agriculture, and community awareness of local water resources.

After the film there was a discussion along with a question and answer period, featuring local watershed activists Rick Bisaccia, Preserve Manager for the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy; Paul Jenkin of the Surfrider Foundation; Steve Svete of the Ventura Hillsides Conservancy; and Ben Pitterle, with the Ventura Stream Team of Santa Barbara Channelkeeper.

The questions indicated the community awareness and concern about issues like Matilija Dam, land use, pesticides, water quality, the Ojai quarry, and more.

For a preview of the film, log on to