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Beyond Sea Rise – VCReporter

Following the lead of the LA Times, the VC Reporter (Feb 3, 2011) published an article discussing the bigger picture aspects of the Surfers Point Managed Shoreline Retreat Project. While the LA Times focused on Managed Retreat as a response to climate change, the Reporter took the opportunity to make the connections with the Matilija…
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Matilija Dam Fine Sediment Workgroup

Last week the Corps of Engineers sent a letter to the Matilija Dam stakeholders that provides an update on the process and next steps. According to the letter, the designated Project Partners will convene a Fine Sediment Workgroup and will host a series of meetings starting this week. The Matilija Coalition will be represented by…
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Patagonia online surf catalog

The latest online Patagonia surf catalog just went live: http://www.patagonia.com/surfcatalog The Surfers' Point Managed Shoreline Retreat project is featured on page 12. Click on the links to view "Restoring the Shore" video, and read about the watershed connections with Matilija Dam.
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Matilija Dam in the news

2 articles in local news this week: Matilija Dam removal sees new light Advocates hire facilitator to find best solution for sediment removal By Shane Cohn 08/26/2010 It’s a classic environmental battle. All groups involved agree that tearing down the Matilija Dam is vital to restoring the endangered Ventura River, as well as restoring the…
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Matilija Dam mediation

Stumped by the impasse over sediment management, the County Watershed Protection District (District) and the State Coastal Conservancy have decided to convene a professional facilitator to help define what steps are needed to best resolve the fine sediment issue. According to a letter from the agencies, "The Corps of Engineers are amenable to this approach.…
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Sediment Management and Restoration Opportunities

Last week the Matilija Coalition received a letter from Ventura County in response to our February 16, 2010 position statement that outlined concerns with the proposal to attempt to permanently store the fine sediments from Matilija reservoir within the floodplain upstream of the dam. The County's response was also directed towards a long letter from…
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Matilija Dam poster

In preparation for Ojai Earth Day event this weekend, and the Watershed U program on Matilija Dam next month, we have designed this poster to help describe the Matilija Dam Ecosystem Restoration Project. These project components reflect the consensus plan that was approved in the Feasibility Study completed in 2004, and approved by Congress in…
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Corps Reform Network meeting in DC

The Corps Reform Network held their annual meeting in Washington DC March 14-17, 2010. Over 70 participants from around the country convened to learn how to influence Corps projects and share their experiences. The Surfrider Foundation is a member of the Network, as our chapters are affected by the numerous Corps projects around the country.…
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Patagonia’s ‘Cleanest Line’

Patagonia's blog, 'Cleanest Line' recently had a follow up on Matilija Dam. The post includes some background and an update on the issue. It also includes a longer interview with Yvon Chouinard, posted below, on the historic efforts to protect and restore the Ventura River: Youtube link here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N24pdy-ONTk
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Patagonia promotes Matilija Dam

This American Express commercial ran nationwide during last night's Oscar awards as part of their Take Part campaign. Thanks to Patagonia and Yvon Chouinard for putting Matilija Dam in the national spotlight! Patagonia is a founding member of the Matilija Coalition and has tirelessly supported the long battle to remove this defunct dam from the…
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