>The Santa Clara River Watershed Committee is now hosting the Santa Clara River Parkway website, a project of the California State Coastal Conservancy.

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We continue to keep the Parkway alive in our committee meetings and work in the watershed.

Thank you to Public Land Alliance Network and the Sierra Club for co-hosting the “Point Me to the Parkway” symposium on the past, present and future of the Santa Clara River Parkway. Held on September 24, 2016 and sponsored by Friends of the Santa Clara River and the Ventura County Watershed Protection District. Presentations from the event can be found below.

 

Campaign Intent

The Floodplain Management and Natural River Processes Campaign works to preserve and enhance the last remaining wild river and its processes and its watershed for society.

Strengths:ecosystem services, long-standing collaboration among stakeholders, land use planning

Weaknesses: Need enhanced dialogue among regulatory agencies – streamlining (overlapping requirements),land use planning.

Opportunities:Ventura County General Plan Update, use of technology to share campaign, public access, green infrastructure to connect people to the river and watershed

Threats:Development, climate change, fire and flooding, invasive species, multiple needs – sometimes solutions in conflict with natural process

Campaign Specific Targets

  • General Public
  • Future generations
  • Multi-generational education, work with schools

Programs and Practices:

  • Ventura County General Plan Update
  • Groundwater Sustainability Plans
  • Groundwater Sustainability Agency Formation
  • Open space – land acquisition
  • Support basin and groundwater management projects
  • Agriculture

Future Programs

  • Enhance public access and awareness of the natural river processes through trails
  • Development of educational systems to ensure future generations understand and appreciate the value of the river and its functions
  • Maintain agriculture operations adjacent to the river as a compatible land use with natural river processes
  • Increase storm water capture to recharge groundwater basins

Santa Clara River Watershed Vision Elements:

      Allows for natural river processes, to the maximum extent feasible, including permitting the river to freely meander within its floodplain and to accommodate flows within the natural range of variation.

      Emphasizes environmentally sensitive flood management that allows for a functional floodplain while minimizing damage to life and property.

      Allows for the preservation and protection of existing and future sustainable uses in the watershed including cultural, agricultural, and educational activities, water use efficiency and conservation, low impact recreation, scientific studies, and aesthetic and spiritual enjoyment.

      Maintains biodiversity through matrix of native aquatic, riparian, and upland habitat with minimal habitat fragmentation and barriers, with emphasis on enhancing recovery of species of conservation concern.

      Supplies water for agriculture, groundwater recharge, and habitat maintenance.

SANTA CLARA RIVER WATERSHED COMMITTEE
MEETING #60
Friday April 17th
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
United Water Conservation District Board Room
106 N. 8th Street, Santa Paula
AGENDA
 1.Welcome              
2.Self-Introductions and Public Comments
3.IRWM Prop.84 “Final Round” of Implementation Grant Funding Project ReviewPowerPoint presentation (5 minutes) followed by a questions and answers (15 minutes) with the committee for each of the following projects:
3.1 Invasive Plant Removal, Ecosystem Restoration, and Habitat Protection– Santa Clara River Steelhead Coalition
3.2 Water Softener Buyback Program – City of Santa Paula
3.3 Advanced Water Purification Facility Capacity Expansion – City of Oxnard
3.4 Convert Your Turf Incentive Program (Regional Project)– Ventura Water
4.Project Ranking and Recommendations
ACTION: Approve Ranked List of Projects for Submittal to the Watersheds Coalition of Ventura County Steering Committee
5.Updates and Announcements
6. Adjourn
 Next Meeting: Thursday May 28th 9am at United Water Conservation District 106 N. 8

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 Street, Santa Paula CA 93060
Attachments:
Download this file (Advanced Water Purification Facility Capacity Expansion.pdf)3.3 Advanced Water Purification Facility Capacity Expansion[City of Oxnard ]567 kB
Download this file (Convert Your Turf Incentive Program.pdf)3.4 Convert Your Turf Incentive Program[Ventura Water]480 kB
Download this file (Invasive Plant Removal, Ecosystem Restoration, and Habitat Protection.pdf)3.1 Invasive Plant Removal Project[Santa Clara River Steelhead Coalition]102 kB
Download this file (Santa Clara River Watershed Committee -Agenda April 2015.pdf)AGENDA Friday April 17, 2015 [Santa Clara River Watershed Committee]230 kB
Download this file (Water Softener Buyback Program.pdf)3.2 Water Softener Buyback Program [City of Santa Paula]114 kB

Description

In February 2009 the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) adopted the Recycled Water Policy, which requires the development of salt and nutrient management plans (SNMPs) for groundwater basins in California. The purpose of the Recycled Water Policy is to increase the use of recycled water from municipal wastewater sources consistent with state and federal water quality laws. Since recycled water contains salts and nutrients that may cause or contribute to exceedances of water quality objectives, management of these constituents in recycled water projects is important. The below document is the Draft SNMP for the Lower Santa Clara River (LSCR) Watershed, located in Ventura County. The LSCR SNMP covers the Piru, Fillmore, Santa Paula, Mound and Oxnard Forebay sub-basins within the Lower Santa Clara River Groundwater Basin.

The LSCR SNMP has been developed as a comprehensive planning document that provides all of the key technical information necessary to meet the requirements of the Recycled Water Policy. The SNMP has also been developed as a flexible planning document that can guide the management and regulation of discharges of salts and nutrients in the context of the unique characteristics of the watershed and the status of recycled water project planning. While all of the participating wastewater agencies have plans to recycle water, the plans are currently general and specific locations and volumes have not yet been identified.

Timeline

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The Santa Clara River system (i.e., the Santa Clara River, its tributaries, and associated floodplain) is one of the last remaining river systems relatively intact in the state and is recognized as exceptional in its value and quality by local communities and the public in southern California and beyond. The river system drains a 1600-square-mile watershed the majority of which is publicly owned, and encompasses a river corridor supporting a thriving agricultural industry and several urban communities. All of these uses help define the character of the watershed. The Santa Clara River system merits appropriate stewardship to ensure that the river, its natural resources, the economic activities it supports, and the ecosystem services it provides are protected for generations to come. This stewardship protects the river’s ecological integrity, provides water supplies for various uses, minimizes damage resulting from floods, and supports sustainable economic development.

To this end, we envision a Santa Clara River system that:

  • Allows for natural river processes, to the maximum extent feasible, including permitting the river to freely meander within its floodplain and to accommodate flows within the natural range of variation.
  • Allows for the preservation and protection of existing and future sustainable uses in the watershed including cultural, agricultural, and educational activities, low impact recreation, scientific studies, and aesthetic and spiritual enjoyment.
  • Emphasizes environmentally sensitive flood management that allows for a functional floodplain while minimizing damage to life and property
  • Maintains biodiversity through matrix of native aquatic, riparian, and upland habitat with minimal habitat fragmentation and barriers, with emphasis on enhancing recovery of species of conservation concern.
  • Is unimpaired by pollution or invasive non-native species.
  • Is managed by cooperating public entities, private landowners, and organizations working toward the common vision.
  • Supplies water for agriculture, groundwater recharge, and habitat maintenance.

Mission Statement

Stakeholders in the Santa Clara River Watershed are dedicated to the conservation of the Santa Clara River, from its headwaters and tributaries to its estuary, for the mutual benefit of the natural resources dependent on the river and the people who live, work, and recreate along the river.

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