Improvement of water quality for Ventura County Beaches leads to cleaner water for beach goers
Several beaches in Ventura County have been removed from the Federal Impaired Waters List
The beaches that were previously identified as being impaired for bacteria included Point Mugu, Ormond, Port Hueneme Beach Park, Peninsula, San Buenaventura, Surfer's Point at Seaside, and Rincon Parkway.
Data from the weekly beach water quality testing performed by the Ventura County Environmental Health Department was used to show the improvement. Monitoring of these beaches will continue to keep the public informed of beach water quality.
On the forefront of taking action to improve water quality is the Ventura Countywide Stormwater Quality Management Program, a coalition of the Ventura County Watershed Protection District, the County of Ventura, and the ten cities within Ventura County. Together, they have worked to build infrastructure and raise awareness of pollution.
Examples of their efforts to help reduce pollutants from entering the storm drain system range from physical solutions to prevent runoff from reaching the beach including diverting storm drain runoff to sanitary sewers or capturing and infiltrating runoff through green streets projects designed to slow, filter, and cleanse stormwater; and working with the public to prevent pollution at the source.
"Efforts by the public are a huge part of this success. Little things like picking up after pets, not littering, and watering only plants and not the gutter helped," said Arne Anselm, Deputy Director of the Ventura County Watershed Protection District. "We are proud the State acknowledge these improvements and of our efforts and those by the people of Ventura County. The cities and County of Ventura are committed to improving water quality and protecting everyone who enjoys our beautiful Ventura County beaches."
For more information about the Ventura Countywide Stormwater Quality Management Program please visit www.vcstormwater.org and Ventura County's Community for A Clean Watershed www.cleanwatershed.org.
The LA-RWQCB staff report with details on the analysis can be found here: https://www.waterboards.ca.gov/