Friday, July 24, 2015

KCET - CA Coastal Trail

KCET, the nation's largest independent public television station, is producing a series on the California Coastal Trail.  Starting at the Mexican border this past winter, they are making their way north to highlight communities along the 1000 mile trail.

In this episode they visit Surfers Point in Ventura: 

Restoring Surfer's Point at Seaside Park:  "I think if you look back in history, we've made a lot of mistakes in how we've treated the California coast," explains Paul Jenkin, member of the Surfrider Foundation of Ventura County.

In other episodes, 

Ventura's mayor gives an overview of the city;
Ventura: Channel Island Views and Laid-Back Shores

and Surfrider's Chad Nelsen is featured in the episode on his hometown;
Laguna Beach: Where Art and Nature Thrive

Visit KCET for the entire series on the California Coastal Trail

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Ventura demonstration water recycling plant

Ventura city officials raise a glass of recycled water
 at the press event for the "Pure demonstration facility" 

On July 16, 2015, Ventura Water unveiled the new "Pure demonstration facility." The plant is a pilot wastewater recycling plant that produces 20 gallons per minute of treated drinking water from the tertiary treated water that is currently discharged into the Santa Clara River estuary.  The plant is part of a statewide initiative to demonstrate the feasibility of direct potable reuse (DPR.)
The components of the facility are shown below.  Visit the city's sustainable water website for an interactive version of this graphic and more information.  Tours are being given every Saturday from 9 to 11 am for the general public. Tours are limited to 20 people. Please sign up for the public tours before noon on the Friday before the tour by emailing Gina Dorrington ( or calling (805) 677-4131. Private groups interested in week day tours can also be accommodated with advanced notice.

In the news:

South Coast Community Experimenting With System To Turn Wastewater Into Drinking Water, KCLU

Ventura unveils pilot program aimed at increasing recycled water supply, VC Star

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Local Heroes - Keeper of the Coast

Local Heroes honored in the July 2, 2015 issue of the Ventura County Reporter include Paul Jenkin, "Keeper of the Coast."  The article highlights Paul's work as the "environmental guy" with the Ventura County Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation including Surfers' Point, Matilija Dam, and projects aimed at restoring the Ventura River watershed.

“As keepers of the coast, when you’re educated and aware of what’s going on,
 I think you have a duty to call attention to the issues that affect the coast"
"Think globally, act locally"
- Paul Jenkin

Read the full article here:

Paul Jenkin, the “environmental guy” in the Ventura County chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, grew up traveling, a citizen of the world. He began surfing in Florida during college, where he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in ocean engineering.

In 1989, Jenkin, who currently resides in Oak View, moved to Ventura County to work for a Navy contractor but his concern about the environment only intensified.

“Believe it or not, in the ’80s and ’90s I was really concerned about climate change; and seeing what was going on, I was driving myself crazy,” he stated.

His wife advised him to take action and he adopted what has now become his mantra: Think locally, act locally.

“You can’t solve the world’s problems, but locally you can effect some positive change and that’s what I set my mind to do.”

The Surfrider Foundation was founded in 1984, and its global chapters are dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of oceans, beaches and waves. All chapters are run by volunteers. At the Ventura County chapter, Jenkin is the Ventura campaign coordinator, aiding in the management of existing campaigns and monitoring current issues.

Most notably, the Ventura chapter was involved in the Surfers Point Managed Shoreline Retreat project, which tackled worsening coastal erosion and a crumbling bike path at Surfers Point.

According to Jenkin, one of Surfrider’s key functions is not only providing a voice for local activists who are concerned with coastal issues but also offering a way to create real change.

“As keepers of the coast, when you’re educated and aware of what’s going on, I think you have a duty to call attention to the issues that affect the coast,” he explained.

For example, the Matilija Coalition was founded in 2000 to enable collaboration between individuals and organizations regarding the removal of Ojai’s Matilija Dam. The structure promotes the erosion of beaches and decline of fish because it hinders flow of the Ventura River into the ocean. Matilija Dam is the biggest dam at over 200 feet to be considered for removal in the country.

Today, the dam still stands but Jenkin hopes removal will happen within the next decade. He’d also like to see more people become increasingly informed, stating that education programs intended to enhance public awareness on issues facing the coast are also a priority for Surfrider.

Consequently, he produced the film Watershed Revolution with National Geographic photographer Rich Reid. It aired nationally on PBS, on local cable and was not only screened locally but in several film festivals.

“We wanted to build awareness that our local watershed sustains us and there are many people in the community committed to protecting and restoring the Ventura River. We hoped to inspire people to get involved.”

Besides remarking that better water management is crucial. especially during a drought, he advises choosing a relatable cause, then moving forward and slowly making a difference.

“We are all environmentally conscious; it just depends whether we act on it or not,” Jenkin said.

At present, as a member of Friends of the Ventura River Coalition, he looks forward to further progress on the work focused on the Ventura River Parkway.

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