Tiobe Barron, Ojai Valley News correspondent
The Ventura River may not be very big, but its watershed encompasses almost the entire Ojai Valley.
Several government bodies have jurisdiction over it, or are affected by it, but nobody is “in charge” of a watershed, said Ventura River watershed coordinator Lorraine Walter. It’s a little more complicated than that.
“We now understand that the parts of a watershed make up an integrated, connected system. Acknowledging this fact is just smart, and certainly a more efficient and effective use of limited resources. This is why we coordinate,” said Walter in a piece she wrote for the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy (OVLC). “The watershed view is one that pulls back and looks at the whole water system.