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Ventura River Parkway

Ventura River Parkway






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    • Ventura River Parkway Project
    • Ventura River Parkway Coming Soon
      • The official roll-out of the Ventura River Parkway Plan is just months away.
      • This parkway vision was recently completed with a $100,000 grant from the California Coastal Conservancy.
    • Years of Local Efforts
      • This Ventura River Parkway Plan is the culmination of years of efforts by local leaders, government agencies, businesses & environmental groups.
      • It is time to reclaim the river as an economic asset, protect its critical resources & reconnect people to the river for healthy activities.
    • River Parkway Funds Still Available
      • Prop. 50 & 84 provided funding for river parkways to protect critical water supply & habitat resources.
      • Our river parkway will also provide:
      • Natural flood management;
      • Economic benefits; &
      • Recreational open space.
    • 1. Natural Flood Management
      • “ River Parkways provide flood protection benefits for communities by providing wider corridors along our waterways that help store, and provide safe corridors for the passage of, storm waters.”
      • California River Parkway Act 2004 California Public Resources Code
    • Restoring River Floodplains
      • Building structures in a river's flood plain restricts the river's functional area -- causing it to run faster, create more downstream erosion and flood more severely .
      • Parkways provide natural flood protection by using river adjacent floodplain land for open space recreation which reduces costly flooding.
    • Reducing Costly Flooding
    • As Well As Fast-Flow Erosion
    • 2. Economic Benefits
      • Beyond natural flood management the river parkway will also provide other community benefits.
      • River parkways attract tourist dollars that in turn support local businesses and help provide more jobs.
    • Parkways = Local Revenue
      • A recent study found that visitors to the 23-mile American River Parkway generated an annual $364 million in local revenue for the Sacramento region.
    • Why a Ventura River Parkway?
      • The Ventura River is one of the last natural, self-sustaining rivers in Southern California.
      • It is home to one of the greatest diversities of plants and animals in Southern California.
      • However, for lack of access, it remains largely invisible to local communities.
    • What is the Parkway Vision?
      • Imagine the river as a vibrant 16-mile network of parks, trails and restored natural areas connecting the Pacific Ocean to the Los Padres National Forest & reconnecting communities to their river while also...
    • Protecting Water Quality & Supply
    • Protecting Endangered Wildlife
    • Restoring Critical Habitat
    • Reconnecting People to the River
    • 3. Recreational Open Space
      • The River Parkway will provide our communities with new picnic sites, recreational areas, hiking and biking trails, wildlife viewing points, and educational exhibits.
    • Outdoor Activity Is Vital
      • Outdoor activity is vital to raising healthy, happy children.
      • The Ventura River Parkway will provide safe areas for families to experience nature and enjoy our wonderful climate.
    • Enhancing Quality of Life
      • Communities throughout the our State have reclaimed their rivers as major natural and economic assets.
      • Good river parkway design creates lively, diverse places that promote a sense of community and a sense of stewardship.
    • Hwy 33 Cut Off River Access
      • Before Hwy 33 was built the community used to play, swim and fish in the Ventura River.
      • Flash-forward to the 21 st Century and the river is all but forgotten – proving the old adage “out of sight – out of mind.”
    • Pedestrian Overpasses
      • The River Parkway project calls for pedestrian overpasses to help eliminate Hwy 33 as a barrier and restore community access to the river.
    • Restoring Public Access
      • Opening the river levee for public access could be an achievable first step to helping make the Ventura River Parkway a reality.
    • Did You Know?
      • Did you know, as recently as 1971 area officials declared the Ventura River “dead” and moved to channelized it with concrete?
      • Public outcry stopped this travesty. Some things are worth protecting.
    • Parkways Preserve Rivers for Perpetuity
      • It is time to regain public access to the river and protect this wonderful natural asset so our children, and their children, and their children... will be able to enjoy it .
    • How Can You Help?
      • River Parkway granting agencies are influenced by local interest and community efforts.
      • Local support can help attract more grant funding.
    • Supporting Organizations: CAUSE * EDC * Patagonia * Sierra Club * SOAR Surfrider Foundation * Ojai Valley Green Coalition Ojai Valley Land Conservancy * Santa Barbara Channelkeepers * State Coastal Conservancy Ventura Audubon Society * VCCool Ventura Citizens for Hillside Preservation Ventura County Watershed Council Ventura Hillsides Conservancy Wishtoyo Foundation