Bill Warner, Ojai Valley News reporter
Approximately 250 attended the first-ever Western Ventura County Regional Drought Summit Sept. 22 at the Oak View Park and Resource Center. It was standing-room only inside the auditorium so nearly 40 chairs were placed outside, along with a loudspeaker, allowing people to sit and follow the presentations through the side windows.
The evening began with remarks by keynote speaker and CMWD general manager Steve Wickstrum, followed by a session in which the managers of various regional water providers described the backgrounds and operations of their particular districts. General managers for the Meiners Oaks Water District, The Ventura River Water District, Ventura Water, the Senior Canyon Water Mutual Water Company, the Siete Robles Water District and Golden State Water Company's Coastal District each enumerated the vicissitudes and prospects of a future characterized by drought.
Citrus and avocado grower Jim Finch discussed the water stressors associated with farming in the Ojai Valley.