Planet Ventura: You Got Served, Thomas Fire edition

Participating in the annual “You Got Served” project, approximately 650 incoming California Lutheran University freshmen on Aug. 28 removed bottles and other trash exposed by the Thomas Fire and spread mulch around surviving plants in the Ventura Botanical Gardens, Serra Cross Park and other areas of Grant Park in Ventura . Mulching helps reduce surface erosion, absorb rainfall, reduces downstream runoff, protects seed banks and provides favorable moisture and temperature for seed germination and suppression of nonnative weeds.

Planet Simi Valley: Clean it up

Photo by Denise Duffield

Residents and parents living close to and impacted by the Santa Susana Field Laboratory protested the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) public hearing on Thursday, Aug. 30., over contaminated water concerns and the lack of cleanup efforts.

Local community members have collected 270,000 signatures on a petition calling for a full cleanup of the Santa Susana Field Lab.