Reducing runoff one way to solve drought

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Ojai Valley News photo by Tim Dewar
Rain water is collected in a Meiners Oaks settling basin during a 2016 storm.
Andra Belknap, Ojai Valley News reporter
The Ojai Valley received approximately four inches of rain from March 20 through March 22.
Still, as of March 29, the city of Ojai has received approximately 53 percent of its average rainfall for the season – 11.28 inches of an average 21.32 inches of precipitation, according to the Ventura County Watershed Protection District.
Connor Jones, a local permaculture educator, believes the city and the larger valley must work together to better preserve precipitation that falls locally.
“I really don't think we have a crisis of water scarcity, I think we have a crisis of regional management,” he said during the March 27 meeting of the Ojai City Council.
See also: “Project putting recent rain to work,” Ojai Valley News, March 15, 2016.

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