Will C.I. Harbor no longer be a REC1 waterbody?

MAC speaks at June 11th, 2020 LA Water Board Hearing.
If left up to the City of Oxnard, the LA Water Board and the local farmers organization VCAILG*, our harbor could become polluted and unsafe—like McGrath Lake to our north. At issue—the ‘QAPP’ Quality Assurance Project Plan for water quality monitoring has been revised/downgraded for almost a year, by city staff according to the Water Board at a public meeting (6/11/20). CINC/MAC advocates for ongoing bacterial and nutrient testing by the City with volunteer labor provided by MAC and students from CSUCI. The financially responsible parties are both the City and the County. It is up to them to identify a solution, bringing our harbor back to the pristine condition it once was. When the power plant closed in 2018 it exposed the fact that for years, 2,400 acres of ag fields discharged unfiltered runoff into the Edison Canal. Both the City and the County’s scientist/consultants have stated their opinions about excess nutrients and pesticides found in farm field runoff. The County BOS has voted and approved $477,000 (2020) to trace bacteria that ends up on our harbor’s Kiddie & Hobie swimming beaches. VCAILG’s BMPs (best management practices) are not addressing the environmental issues of today, in our harbor…

Press Release February 14, 2020 -CHANNEL ISLAND HARBOR WATER QUALITY UPDATE

For Immediate Release
February 14, 2020

CHANNEL ISLAND HARBOR WATER QUALITY UPDATE

There have been two recent stories (Ormond Beach Power Plant and Lake Erie in Ohio) in the Ventura Star that were related to the water quality issues in the Channel Island Harbor.

Since there are 19 more power plants like the Mandalay and Ormond Beach scheduled for closure in California, these recent articles raise the question if the federal, state, county and local agencies involved in such decisions have thoroughly planned for the effects of such plant closings. We are concerned because they did not study and plan well for the closing of the Mandalay Power Generating Station (MPGS) in Oxnard. The consequences of their lack of post-close analysis and planning for the Channel Island Harbor led to significant negative environmental damage to the Channel Island Harbor, marine life, and the harbor’s residents, businesses, and visitors.

CWT Project Team Volunteers Needed

CINC Help Wanted!

 Our team needs help – if you can help in any of the ways below please contact us!

CWT Project Team

  • Technical Leader/ Tech Writer
  • Volunteer Trainer
  • Field Operators-Collect samples
  • QA/QC Officer
  • CWT Coordinator
  • Technical Experts
  • Computer Specialist
  • Database Management
  • Data Users
  • Attorney- Environmental
  • Civil Engineer
  • Marine Biologist
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Transportation to Lab/Boat
  • Fundraisers, Development Professionals
  • Media / Communications specialists

 

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Everyone can help!

Everyone can help keep our harbor clean by doing little things.
Teamwork divides the task and multiplies the success! 

Everyone can help monitor

Take pictures and document what you observe.

Scoop up what you can

Use a rake or a net and clean up what you safely can reach!

Algea Clean Up DIY Team

Find out how neighbors are pitching in to scoop it out!