2013 Watershed Council Meeting Agendas

Thursday February 7
Agenda 2-7-13
8:30 – 11:30 am, Topping Room, EP Foster Library, 651 East Main, Ventura.

(Topics: Profile of the 1969 flood, ARkStorm presentation by Ventura County Watershed Protection District, presentation on the Ventura River watershed flooding profile, discussion on flooding concerns and ideas, update on the TMDLs, Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment Subcommittee report, and update by Watershed Coalitions of Ventura County on the IRWM Plan)

Thursday April 25
Agenda 4-25-13
6:00 – 8:30 pm, Oak View Community Center, 18 Valley Road, Oak View

(Topics: Review of draft project/program list and classifications developed by Technical Advisory Committees; Bren School presentation on their Sustainable Water Use in the Ventura River Watershed project; overview of the watershed’s water supplies and water demand; presentations by water suppliers and managers on their perspectives, concerns and ideas about the state of the watershed’s surface and groundwater supplies, including Casitas Municipal Water District, Ventura Water, Golden State Water and Ventura River County Water District, Meiners Oaks Water District, Ojai Basin Groundwater Management Agency, and Daniel B. Stephens & Associates; and update on the Ventura County IRWM Plan and other efforts of the Watersheds Coalition of Ventura County)

Thursday June 6
Agenda_6-6-13
8:30 am – 12:00 pm, Topping Room, EP Foster Library, 651 East Main, Ventura

(Topics: Review and approval of changes to governance Charter relating to voting procedure and membership; review and approval of updated objectives and interim list of projects and programs for the watershed management plan, as well as IRWMP projects and programs list; overview of water conservation programs offered by Casitas Municipal Water District to assist agricultural operation with irrigation systems improvements; presentation by Resource Conservation District on their Mobile Irrigation Lab and Cost Share Program; discussion about pursuing a special study, as allowed in the Algae TMDL, to narrow down the specific contribution of septic systems to the impairment of surface water quality; and an update on the Ventura County Integrated Regional Water Plan and other efforts of the Watersheds Coalition of Ventura County)

Thursday July 11
Agenda 7-11-13
9:00 – 11:30 am, Topping Room, EP Foster Library, 651 East Main, Ventura

(Topics: Report by VCWPD on the findings of the Proposition 84 grant-funded Biodigester Feasibility Study, which assessed the operational and financial feasibility of establishing a facility in the watershed for processing organic wastes, including manure, into energy and other byproducts, such as compost; report on the recent WEAP Model training and next steps; report on the update of the Ventura County Integrated Regional Water Plan and other efforts of the Watersheds Coalition of Ventura County; status report on the State Water Board’s technical evaluation process for developing biological objectives for freshwater streams and rivers and summary of initial proposals for implementation which have different regulatory implications; overview of the recent report developed by Ventura Water intended to be a tool in the development review process for accurately tracking and assessing water supply and demand; and report by VCRCD on a new group formed in the watershed to address water quality regulations that will be affecting horse and livestock owners in the watershed)

Thursday September 5
Agenda 9-5-13
9:00 – 12:00 pm, Topping Room, EP Foster Library, 651 East Main, Ventura

(Topics: A video presentation, “The Ventura River Watershed after two dry winters: A virtual tour, showing the condition of the river and drainages in August 2013; Report on the efforts of the Watersheds Coalition of Ventura County by Lynn Rodriguez, WCVC program manager; Brief update on the status of preparation of the watershed management plan (WMP); Presentation from Tully Clifford, Director of the Ventura County Watershed Protection District on priorities of the VCWPD and how these can best be integrated into the WMP, followed by group discussion; Approval of a short-term action plan, recommended by staff, as part of the WMP)

Thursday October 3
Agenda 10-3-13
6:00 – 8:30 pm, Oak View Community Center, 18 Valley Road, Oak View

(Topics: An  “eat the creek” pre-meeting  meet and mingle prior to the meeting to taste some of the harvest of the watershed; Presentation from Lorraine Walter on the topic of the meeting and proposed agricultural projects/ programs for the watershed management plan; Presentation by John Krist, Chief Executive Officer Farm Bureau of Ventura County, “An Overview of Agriculture in the Watershed;” Presentation by Emily Ayala (Friends Ranch), and Kari Stenshol (Taylor Ranch) on Farming in the Watershed; Presentation by Ron Merckling, Water Conservation Manager, Casitas Municipal Water District, “Agricultural Water Use & Lake Casitas;” Presentation by Rich Atmore, President of R.A. Atmore & Sons, “A Look at Ranching and Rangeland Management in the Watershed;” Discussion and Visioning- What would we like agriculture in the watershed to look like in 20 years?)

 Thursday November 7
Agenda 11-7-13
9:00 am – 12:00 pm, E.P. Foster Library Topping Room, 651 E. main St., Ventura

(Topics: A presentation by Al Leydecker, PhD, “CSI: Ventura River Watershed Nitrate;” Al will present various lines of evidence to help solve some of the mystery, including the results of a recent isotopic analysis; Review and hopefully approve a draft list of accomplishments to be included in the Integrated Regional Watershed Management Plan update and the Ventura River Watershed Management Plan (WMP); discuss the WMP short-term action plan (three years) and a proposal to focus our efforts into five thematic campaigns.)