Ventura River Watershed Adjudication

UPDATE: Sept. 15 2020 — The City and a coalition of large local water users releases physical solution for the Ventura River Watershed. To view the proposed solution and settlement agreement, as well as supporting documents, please visit the Solution page on this site.

Statement from the City of Ventura

In January 2020, several thousand residents of the City of Ventura and surrounding areas received legal notices as a result of the current settlement discussions the City is participating in with other large water users, as part of a collaborative approach to maintaining local control of the watershed.

The City acknowledges its responsibility in not facilitating clearer communication about the current legal proceedings and, in an effort to provide more transparent, accurate and current information, has developed this website as a resource for those impacted and those seeking additional information and answers.

About the Watershed

The Ventura River Watershed supplies water to the many agricultural users, businesses, individuals, water districts and cities that depend on it. Today, however, the watershed is at risk. As a result of changing climate conditions and prolonged periods of drought, the watershed’s resources are consistently being stretched to capacity. It’s a serious challenge that requires timely action.

In order to safeguard this valuable water supply, the City of Ventura’s objective is to establish a collaborative, court-approved agreement (called a “physical solution”) that takes into account all the watershed’s interests. With this in mind, the City has been in discussion with the region’s largest agricultural and municipal water users, who are all in agreement that a new approach is needed to manage the Ventura River Watershed.

As part of this process, there are several required legal steps that the City must take, including notifying all potentially impacted users of the Ventura River Watershed of their involvement in this process. These steps, as required by the court, are an essential part of achieving a solution to safeguard the Watershed and its resources.