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Morning at the Wharf
updated: Feb 08, 2014, 3:30 PM

By Steve McGovern

Breakfast on the Wharf today on a pretty SB day. Clouds hugged the mountains over Montecito, and the dolphins were well inside the length of the Wharf, near the beach. But the most interesting thing happened as I was leaving. The big tidal pond or lagoon or whatever it is (was) emptied into the ocean just adjacent to the Wharf. The water came out with a great deal of force, and when I left about a half hour later, it was still running, though much slower. Vehicle tracks ran up to the edge on the eastern side of the break, but I didn't see any trucks or jeeps in the water, so I'm guessing they must have been there well before the dam burst. There were not, however, tracks on the West side of the break and I saw only the one set of tracks. The current was such that the birds in the water had to fight against it to keep from being swept out into the ocean. Even a Mute Swan swimming around had to step out of the water for awhile. The pond must be nearly empty now.

If only the Goleta slough could break through to the ocean...

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