Newhall Ranch, the 60,000 person city proposed for development on the Los Angeles –Ventura County line will cause significant harm to water quality and endangered wildlife and plant species.
Newhall Ranch is a 12,000 acre site that abuts one of the most pristine reaches of the Santa Clara River. The Santa Clara is the last free-flowing wild river in Southern California. It is home to over 117 threatened, endangered or sensitive plant and wildlife species or communities. Of these, 18 are federally listed, two are candidates for listing and 14 are state-listed. This project would result in filling 20 miles of on-site streams and the valleys that contain them, with 208 million cubic yards of fill material taken the hill tops –that’s enough soil to fill dump trucks and wrap them around the earth’s equator over 3 times. In addition, the project would channelize 5 miles of the main stem of the Santa Clara River building homes in an area where we have seen the SCR flowing during the 1983 (30-year) storm event--this could place people in harms way. Lastly, we are very concerned about the water quality impacts from the project—the chloride pollution alone from this project would likely drastically harm the 2.6 billion dollar agriculture economy of Ventura that is already struggling with the exiting chloride loads in the water.
Please express your oppostion to Newhall Ranch, and urge government officals to use their authorities to protect the Santa Clara River.