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Bioswale Ribbon Cutting

By on February 29, 2016 in Around Our Valley, News

bioswalePlease join us for the Happy Valley Bioswale ribbon cutting!

Friday, March 4, 2016 at 1:30 p.m.

Ojai Meadows Preserve  – 380 South Lomita Ave

Learn more about this bioswale in this article published by Dave Laak in the Ventura Country STAR on February 27th, 2016


Have you ever attended a ribbon-cutting for a bioswale? Do you wonder what in the world a bioswale is?

You can learn more about the Ventura County Public Works Agency Watershed Protection District’s recently completed Happy Valley Bioswale project at the ribbon-cutting on Friday at 1:30 p.m. at the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy’s Ojai Meadows Preserve, 380 South Lomita Ave., Meiners Oaks.

Bioswales are landscape elements designed to remove sediment and pollution from stormwater or street runoff water. They typically consist of a long, channeled depression (swale) with gently sloped sides. Within the bioswale, grasses, flowering shrubs or organic matter such as mulch slow down the water, allowing infiltration into soil and resulting in natural filtering of pollutants. There are many examples of bioswales around Ventura County, as they are becoming a common requirement for new projects throughout the area, helping clean and infiltrate runoff.

The Happy Valley Bioswale was made possible due to collaboration of the County of Ventura and Ojai Valley Land Conservancy. The State Water Resources Control Board awarded Proposition 84 funding for the project. Construction began in August and was completed within four months.

The project treats the Meiners Oaks stormwater runoff that flows along South Lomita Avenue to the Happy Valley Drain, a Ventura River tributary. Runoff from 37 acres — or 40 percent of the residential and commercial area of Meiners Oaks — is treated by the bioswale. {continued…} Read the full article on the Ventura County Star »

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