The Ventura River Project, in southern California is on the coast about 60 miles northwest of Los Angeles. The 90,000-acre project area is fan-shaped--the main Ventura River Valley runs north-south from the Topatopa Mountains down to the Pacific and several side valleys drained by tributaries of the Ventura River funnel into the main basin from the east and west. An additional strip of project land (Rincon) lies parallel with and outside of the basin along the Pacific coast northwest of the city of Ventura.
Authorized in 1956, the Ventura River Project was the third and last of three large-scale Federal water projects in the region. These `seacoast projects`capture the seasonal floodwaters that would otherwise `waste to the sea.` Further south and east down the coast from the prior-constructed Cachuma (http://www.usbr.gov/dataweb/html/cachuma.html) and Santa Maria (http://www.usbr.gov/dataweb/html/santamaria.html) Projects.
For more information about the Ventura Project, visit the project web site.