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Matilija Dam stakeholders select local project

On March 17, 2016, the Matilija Dam "Design Oversight Group" met to determine consensus around one of the three alternatives in the AECOM/Stillwater reports and how to move the project forward. Following a long discussion, the issue was put to a vote.  Printouts depicting the three project alternatives were hung on the wall, and each…
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Matilija Dam – Studies and Next Steps

On September 17, 2015,  the Matilija Dam "Design Oversight Group" met to receive a presentation from the consultant team and discuss the next steps toward removing the obsolete dam from the Ventura River. The meeting was well attended by local, state, and federal agencies and interested locals. Background:  In 2012, the California Coastal Conservancy agreed…
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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…
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Presentations: KYH2O and Matilija Dam

Two recent presentations are now available for online viewing: Why (Fresh) Water is Important to SurfersNovember 21, 2013 - Channel Islands Maritime Museum.This presentation describes the Ventura River watershed and Surfrider's "Know Your H2O" approach to solving the ongoing water management crisis. Matilija Dam: Taking Another Look (A Brief History and Update)March 22, 2014: Salmonid…
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DamNation film

Patagonia's film about our nation's dam problem has been on tour this spring and racking up the awards:Winner – SXSW Audience Choice AwardWinner – Documentary Award for Environmental Advocacy, DC Environmental Film FestivalWinner – Mountainfilm Audience Choice AwardWinner – Best of Festival, 5Point Film Festival On Thursday, June 5, Patagonia presented the award-winning, feature length…
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Matilija Dam meetings May 28, 2014

On May 28, 2014, the Matilija Dam Design Oversight Group (DOG) and Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) met.  The morning was spent summarizing the recent history of the project and updating the DOG on the consultant hiring process and recent work products, while the afternoon was dedicated to receiving technical input on the next steps.  The…
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Matilija Coalition Update February 2014

Matilija Dam Ecosystem Restoration Campaign Update 2013-2014 Matilija Coalition:   One of the most common questions we are asked, whether at public events or just hanging out at the beach, is "when is that dam coming out?"   Although recent progress on actual dam removal has been painfully slow, there remains considerable interest and support…
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SERCAL conference 2013

On May 14 and 15, 2013, the California Society for Ecological Restoration held their annual conference in Santa Barbara. The Ventura River Parkway efforts were presented in a technical session as well as an all day field tour.  SERCAL is dedicated to the following objectives: To advance the science, art and practice of ecological restoration. …
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Matilija Dam 2012 update

Matilija Design Oversight Group (DOG) Meeting - Dec 4 9am - noon The Matilija Dam 'Design Oversight Group' met on December 4th.  Presentations updated the group on the Corps process and progress on elements of the final design.  this was followed by a discussion and approval of the Technical Advisory Committee work plan for 2013.…
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‘Release Me’ at VHC Film Festival

This past weekend the Ventura Hillsides Conservancy once again hosted the Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour! The event held at the Poinsettia Pavilion in Ventura drew hundreds of residents for two evenings of inspired, informative and innovative cinema.  The common theme was inspiring activism, and the films highlighted many examples of citizen activists…
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