The Notice of Preparation (NOP) has been prepared to notify agencies and interested parties that the Ventura County Public Works Agency – Watershed Protection (Watershed Protection or VCPWA – WP), as the Lead Agency, is beginning preparation of a Subsequent Environmental Impact Report (SEIR) pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) for the proposed Matilija Dam Ecosystem Restoration Project (proposed Project).

Watershed Protection is soliciting input from reviewing agencies and the public regarding the scope and content of the SEIR. In accordance with CEQA, the VCPWA – WP requests that agencies review the Project description provided in this NOP and provide comments on environmental issues related to the statutory responsibilities of the agency. The SEIR will be used by the VCPWA – WP when considering approval of the proposed Project and by other Responsible and Trustee Agencies to support their discretionary actions related to the Project.

Comments may be sent anytime during the 30-day NOP comment period. The NOP review and comment period begins September 14, 2020 and ends October 13, 2020. All comments must be received during the comment period. Please include the name of a contact person for your agency, if applicable. All comments should be directed to:

Ventura County Public Works Agency – Watershed Protection
Attn: Tyler Barns
800 S. Victoria Ave., #1600
Ventura, CA 93009



Comments may also be emailed to

If you do not have internet access or for general questions, please contact Tyler Barns at (805) 654-2064.

To avoid physical gatherings in compliance with restrictions caused by COVID-19, Watershed Protection will conduct an online virtual public scoping comment period instead of the traditional Scoping Meeting. Scoping materials are provided on the Matilija Dam Ecosystem Restoration Project website (VCPWA – WP Projects) to provide an overview of the proposed project and an opportunity for the public to ask questions and submit comments.  Comments and questions may also be emailed to Scoping comments will be addressed in the SEIR analyses.