The U.S. Department of the Interior is stepping up with a $250,000 thousand dollar grant to help save a popular state beach in Ventura County from closure, which could put a campaign close to raising the money need to keep it open.
This fall, the state was planning to close McGrath State Beach, because the state park didn’t have the estimated $500,000 needed to replace a deteriorating sewer line which is threatening to cause groundwater contamination. News of the potential shutdown prompted a grass roots fundraising campaign by beach users, with Ventura County, and the City of Oxnard pledging $50,000 each for the project. State parks officials pledged $100,000 and agreed to postpone a permanent shutdown, to try to give the campaign time to raise the needed money.
But, getting a $250,000 federal grant was key to raising enough money. Democratic Congresswoman Lois Capps of Santa Barbara made the announcement, saying the funding will come from the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Land and Water Conservation Fund.