Public Works Agency hosts tour of Santa Clara River for Rio School District Superintendent

OXNARD, Calif. – The Public Works Agency’s Watershed Protection District recently hosted a tour of the Santa Clara River for the Rio School District Superintendent’s office.

The Rio School District is building a new, 11-acre, K-8 STEAM Academy that will back up to the Santa Clara River and the levee upstream of Highway 101. It is scheduled for completion in August 2018.

In an effort to energize his team about the new school location, Rio Superintendent John Puglisi requested an overview for the Rio leadership team. The team consists of the principals of all eight schools, directors, and the assistant superintendent. Watershed Protection District employees shared background on every aspect of the Santa Clara River from its history, physical characteristics, resident flora and fauna and floods, to information on the groups who are involved in management of the water and habitat, its challenges, as well as its significance and impact on the community.

The tour also included a presentation on behalf of representatives from the Watershed Protection District and the United Water Conservation District, with invited guest speakers from the Aspen Environmental Group and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The Rio School District hopes to cultivate a community partnership with the Watershed Protection District as part of its goal to expose students to various local professionals to help broaden the students’ vision of their future potential.

“The Santa Clara River is literally in the school district’s backyard. There are so many opportunities for the school district to foster environmental and community stewardship around the Santa Clara River Watershed through the STEAM learning curriculum,” said Lara Meeker, Water Resources Specialist and Coordinator for the Santa Clara River Watershed. “The Watershed Protection District itself is multi-disciplinary in its approach to water resources management and we look forward to inspiring the next generation of engineers, biologists, planners, and community leaders to champion healthy watersheds in Ventura County for a more environmentally and economically-sustainably future.”

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