WPD Directors Message

GlennShephard DirWPDThe Ventura County Watershed Protection District has a long history of service to the citizens of our county. Our region has experienced many changes since the creation of the District in 1944 when we were officially the "Ventura County Flood Control District."

Over the years, as predominately agricultural lands transformed into growing communities, the control of floodwaters has become increasingly important. And, as the county has become more urbanized, the regulatory environmental demands have also evolved protecting community values and priorities.

Communities now look to us to protect their homes and businesses, while preserving water quality, safeguarding habitat, and improving watershed performance, including beneficial use like recreation. An outcome of laws, strengthening environmental regulation and changing community values encourages comprehensive planning at a watershed level and involvement of watershed stakeholders. Residents, business owners, and government agencies have all become partners in planning the future of our watersheds.

We are especially proud of our efforts to think and act with a watershed-wide perspective with respect to our "Integrated Watershed Protection Plans" for our major watersheds. Within the IWPP framework, we have been able to partner with appropriate federal, state, and local agencies to carry out our mission.

We optimize use of available financial resources and balance output to be most effective and efficient. We also inculcate active community participation to protect our watersheds, now and for the future.