The Matilija Coalition is an alliance of community groups, businesses, and individuals committed to the environmental restoration of the Ventura River watershed. Starting with the removal of Matilija Dam (scheduled for 2014 pending funding), they are working to restore the bioregion which will aid the hopeful recovery of the Southern Steelhead trout and to reestablish the natural sediment supply to the beaches of Ventura.
One of their educational and awareness strategies is to produce a film that outlines some of the groups and individual projects happening in this particular watershed. Rich Reid has been hard at work on a 25 min film that will attempt to do just that.
Paul Jenkins, Matilija Coalition founder and Environmental Director of the Ventura County Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation gave me permission to share the trailer for upcoming film with the Way Upstream community. It's a good reminder that restoring and protecting watersheds requires awareness and action on the part of everyone, whether you live in the high country, on the coast or somewhere inbetween. Check out this 2 minute trailer for Watershed Revolution.
Photo by Matt Stoecker