Delay costs basin roughly 4 million gallons

Perry Van Houten, Ojai Valley News reporter
Ventura County officials received authorization to begin operations at the San Antonio Creek Spreading Grounds — but it came two weeks too late to capture water from the most recent rains.
Had the spreading grounds been in operation during that storm, that brought 2.5 inches of rain to the Ojai Valley Jan. 9 and Jan. 10, it could have added another 11.5 acre feet — roughly 4 million gallons — to the basin according to Ventura County Watershed Protection District planner Elizabeth Martinez.
The WPD didn’t receive the go-ahead from the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) until Jan. 22.
The spreading ground uses four settling ponds in the upper reaches of San Antonio Creek near Thacher Road that allow water to sink into the ground from the surface and four wells that inject water directly into the basin.

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