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Jun 8, 2014 11:36 PM by Associated Press

Ventura County eco group buys land to save water

OJAI, Calif. (AP) - A California environmental group has bought land in the Ojai Valley to protect the drinking water it supplies from future development.

The Ventura County Star reports Sunday that the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy bought the 160 acres of forest land late last month for $75,000.

The group's executive director Greg Gamble says the land has aquifers that collect and store rainwater and it's "extremely important" for parts of the Ojai Valley.

The conservancy bought the land at auction after courts reclaimed it from private owners.

Public access to the land is prohibited, but Gamble says there's no guarantee courts will keep it that way.

The group used half its own money for the purchase, with the other half raised by shareholders of the Senior Mutual Water Co.

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Information from: Ventura County Star.

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