With the peak of the rainy season now behind us, water managers in the Ventura River watershed likely have about all the water they’re going to get for the year. And for the second year in a row, it was not much. The Robles Diversion, the canal that brings water from the Ventura River to Lake Casitas, remained dry all winter, and the winter before that, the diversion saw water on only one or two days. The 2012 rain season had about 50 percent of average rainfall, and 2013 is at about 40 percent as of now.
The dry conditions and what they means for water supplies, will be the focus of the Ventura River Watershed Council’s biannual evening meeting on April 25, from 6 – 8:30 p.m., at the Oak View Community Center, 18 Valley Road in Oak View. Twice a year evening meetings are held with the purpose of making it easier for members of the community to participate in the Council. Members of the public are encouraged to attend.
Local water managers — including Steve Wickstrum, Casitas Municipal Water District general manager; Shana Eptsein, Ventura Water general manager; Bert Rapp, Ventura River County Water District general manager; Toby Moore, Golden State Water Company’s Chief Hydrogeologist; Jerry Conrow, Ojai Basin Groundwater Management Agency board chair; and others — will discuss their perspectives on and responses to the water supply situation.
The mission of the Ventura River Watershed Council is to facilitate and support efforts by individuals, agencies and organizations to maintain and improve the health and sustainability of the Ventura River watershed for the benefit of the people and ecosystems that depend upon it. The Council has active participation by water and sanitation districts, government agencies, environmental groups, agricultural organizations, businesses, landowners, consultants and private citizens.
For more information, see www.venturawatershed.org. For a copy of the meeting agenda or to get on the distribution list, call Lorraine Walter, watershed coordinator, at 649-6852, ext. 4.