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Ventura River Parkway Project
Ventura River Parkway Coming Soon <ul><li>The official roll-out of the Ventura River Parkway Plan is just months away. </l...
Years of Local Efforts <ul><li>This Ventura River Parkway Plan is the culmination of years of efforts by local leaders, go...
River Parkway Funds Still Available <ul><li>Prop. 50 & 84 provided funding for river parkways to protect critical water su...
1. Natural Flood Management <ul><li>“ River Parkways provide flood protection benefits for communities by providing wider ...
Restoring River Floodplains <ul><li>Building structures in a river's flood plain restricts the river's functional area -- ...
Reducing Costly Flooding
As Well As Fast-Flow Erosion
2.  Economic Benefits <ul><li>Beyond natural flood management the river parkway will also provide other community benefits...
Parkways = Local Revenue <ul><li>A recent study found that visitors to the 23-mile American River Parkway generated an ann...
Why a Ventura River Parkway? <ul><li>The Ventura River is one of the last natural, self-sustaining rivers in Southern Cali...
What is the Parkway Vision? <ul><li>Imagine the river as a vibrant 16-mile network of parks, trails and restored natural a...
Protecting Water Quality & Supply
Protecting Endangered Wildlife
Restoring Critical Habitat
Reconnecting People to the River
3. Recreational Open Space <ul><li>The River Parkway will provide our communities with new picnic sites, recreational area...
Outdoor Activity Is Vital <ul><li>Outdoor activity is vital to raising healthy, happy children.  </li></ul><ul><li>The Ven...
Enhancing Quality of Life <ul><li>Communities throughout the our State have reclaimed their rivers as major natural and ec...
Hwy 33 Cut Off River Access <ul><li>Before Hwy 33 was built the community used to play, swim and fish in the Ventura River...
Pedestrian Overpasses <ul><li>The River Parkway project calls for pedestrian overpasses to help eliminate Hwy 33 as a barr...
Restoring Public Access <ul><li>Opening the river levee for public access could be an achievable first step to helping mak...
Did You Know? <ul><li>Did you know, as recently as 1971 area officials declared the Ventura River “dead” and moved to chan...
Parkways Preserve Rivers for Perpetuity <ul><li>It is time to regain  public access to  the river and protect this wonderf...
How Can You Help? <ul><li>River Parkway granting agencies are influenced by local interest and community efforts. </li></u...
Supporting Organizations: CAUSE * EDC * Patagonia * Sierra Club * SOAR  Surfrider Foundation * Ojai Valley Green Coalition...
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Ventura River Parkway

  1. 1. Ventura River Parkway Project
  2. 2. Ventura River Parkway Coming Soon <ul><li>The official roll-out of the Ventura River Parkway Plan is just months away. </li></ul><ul><li>This parkway vision was recently completed with a $100,000 grant from the California Coastal Conservancy. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Years of Local Efforts <ul><li>This Ventura River Parkway Plan is the culmination of years of efforts by local leaders, government agencies, businesses & environmental groups. </li></ul><ul><li>It is time to reclaim the river as an economic asset, protect its critical resources & reconnect people to the river for healthy activities. </li></ul>
  4. 4. River Parkway Funds Still Available <ul><li>Prop. 50 & 84 provided funding for river parkways to protect critical water supply & habitat resources. </li></ul><ul><li>Our river parkway will also provide: </li></ul><ul><li>Natural flood management; </li></ul><ul><li>Economic benefits; & </li></ul><ul><li>Recreational open space. </li></ul>
  5. 5. 1. Natural Flood Management <ul><li>“ 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.” </li></ul><ul><li>California River Parkway Act 2004 California Public Resources Code </li></ul>
  6. 6. Restoring River Floodplains <ul><li>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 . </li></ul><ul><li>Parkways provide natural flood protection by using river adjacent floodplain land for open space recreation which reduces costly flooding. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Reducing Costly Flooding
  8. 8. As Well As Fast-Flow Erosion
  9. 9. 2. Economic Benefits <ul><li>Beyond natural flood management the river parkway will also provide other community benefits. </li></ul><ul><li>River parkways attract tourist dollars that in turn support local businesses and help provide more jobs. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Parkways = Local Revenue <ul><li>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. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Why a Ventura River Parkway? <ul><li>The Ventura River is one of the last natural, self-sustaining rivers in Southern California. </li></ul><ul><li>It is home to one of the greatest diversities of plants and animals in Southern California. </li></ul><ul><li>However, for lack of access, it remains largely invisible to local communities. </li></ul>
  12. 12. What is the Parkway Vision? <ul><li>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... </li></ul>
  13. 13. Protecting Water Quality & Supply
  14. 14. Protecting Endangered Wildlife
  15. 15. Restoring Critical Habitat
  16. 16. Reconnecting People to the River
  17. 17. 3. Recreational Open Space <ul><li>The River Parkway will provide our communities with new picnic sites, recreational areas, hiking and biking trails, wildlife viewing points, and educational exhibits. </li></ul>
  18. 18. Outdoor Activity Is Vital <ul><li>Outdoor activity is vital to raising healthy, happy children. </li></ul><ul><li>The Ventura River Parkway will provide safe areas for families to experience nature and enjoy our wonderful climate. </li></ul>
  19. 19. Enhancing Quality of Life <ul><li>Communities throughout the our State have reclaimed their rivers as major natural and economic assets. </li></ul><ul><li>Good river parkway design creates lively, diverse places that promote a sense of community and a sense of stewardship. </li></ul>
  20. 20. Hwy 33 Cut Off River Access <ul><li>Before Hwy 33 was built the community used to play, swim and fish in the Ventura River. </li></ul><ul><li>Flash-forward to the 21 st Century and the river is all but forgotten – proving the old adage “out of sight – out of mind.” </li></ul>
  21. 21. Pedestrian Overpasses <ul><li>The River Parkway project calls for pedestrian overpasses to help eliminate Hwy 33 as a barrier and restore community access to the river. </li></ul>
  22. 22. Restoring Public Access <ul><li>Opening the river levee for public access could be an achievable first step to helping make the Ventura River Parkway a reality. </li></ul>
  23. 23. Did You Know? <ul><li>Did you know, as recently as 1971 area officials declared the Ventura River “dead” and moved to channelized it with concrete? </li></ul><ul><li>Public outcry stopped this travesty. Some things are worth protecting. </li></ul>
  24. 24. Parkways Preserve Rivers for Perpetuity <ul><li>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 . </li></ul>
  25. 25. How Can You Help? <ul><li>River Parkway granting agencies are influenced by local interest and community efforts. </li></ul><ul><li>Local support can help attract more grant funding. </li></ul>
  26. 26. 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

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