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A week of water meetings pour in

Perry Van Houten, Ojai Valley News senior reporter
A full slate of water-related meetings is on tap this week in the Ojai Valley.
— On Tuesday, Feb. 11, the Ventura River Watershed Council will host an update on the Matilija Dam Ecosystem Restoration Project.
County officials, consultants and project partners will update progress on dam removal and downstream improvements, and funding the $150 million project. There will also be a question and answer session.
The meeting, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Oak View Park and Resource Center Auditorium, 555 Mahoney Ave., Oak View, can be accessed by computer, tablet or smartphone at https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/703253349. Phone access is also available at 646-749-3122. The access code is 703-253-349.
— Also on Tuesday, Feb. 11, attorney and write-in candidate for 1st District Supervisor Trevor Quirk will hold a water lawsuit informational meeting at the Oak View Community Center, 18 Valley Road, Oak View, starting at 6 p.m.
“The People’s Water Meeting” will include a water attorney and a water consultant answering questions about the thousands of notices and summonses delivered to Ojai Valley residents regarding the city of Ventura suing over their water use.
— On Wednesday, Feb. 12, the Casitas Municipal Water District Board of Directors will hold their regular meeting.
On the agenda are the scheduling of a public hearing regarding fee adjustments at the Lake Casitas Recreation Area, and discussion of and a possible decision on filling a vacant seat on the Board left by the retirement of Division II Director Jim Word.
Directors will meet in closed session to discuss the ongoing lawsuit and cross-complaint over use of the Ventura River watershed.
The meeting starts at 3 p.m. in the Board Room of the Casitas main office, 1055 N. Ventura Ave., Oak View. The meeting will be livestreamed at www.casitaswater.org.
— Also on Wednesday, Feb. 12, the second of three public meetings on the Ventura River watershed litigation will he held.
The city of Ventura’s attorneys and city staff will be on hand to explain the reasons behind the legal action and answer questions.
The meeting, at the Bell Arts Factory Community Room, 432 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura, will run from 6 to 8 p.m.
— On Thursday, Feb. 13, the city of Ventura will host a third meeting on the water lawsuit, at the Oak View Community Center Kunkle Room, 18 Valley Road, Oak View, from 6 to 8 p.m.
The two remaining water lawsuit meetings will be recorded by CAPS Media and posted on the city's website, but not livestreamed, according to a city of Ventura official.
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