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Goleta Slough vs Pacific Ocean
updated: Feb 28, 2014, 3:15 PM

By Edhat Subscriber

At high tide this morning the Goleta Slough and Pacific Ocean were playing a kissing game. At the eight o'clock morning high tide the water was threatening the Santa Barbara Airport domain. It was interesting to see officials view and photograph the slough and ocean meet up from the east end of the Goleta Beach Park parking lot. The Coastal Commission is apparently not to keen on allowing a man made breach of the slough in to the ocean. This comes to mind the runoff, pollutants, etc. On the other hand the high tide and heavy rains of last night had the airport south end of the runway closer to water than one might prefer this morning. Any thoughts here?

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 COMMENT 498855P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-28 03:25 PM

Apparently, it has been opened.


 COMMENT 498857 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-28 03:29 PM

I think that it opened up sometime after 11:30 AM this morning. At that time I noticed that the bike path was under water. When I left at about 2pm, the water was flowing out to the ocean and the bike path was almost dry.


 COMMENT 498866 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-28 03:41 PM

It might be more of a "let nature take its course" approach. If it breaches fine, if not then thats ok too.

Hendrys was flowing to the ocean pretty steady at 2pm


 COMMENT 498872P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-28 03:51 PM

Sometimes "environmental correctness" in engineering is as dubious as political correctness is in speech. Maybe it wasn't genius to put a Marine base/airport in a part-time swamp, but it's there at 11 feet. They dredge the artificial harbor that doesn't belong to rebuild tourist beaches; why not open the sand-blocked slough to drain the airport? A heavy-enough rain would clear it, anyway, just as the harbor would fill in with sand without human attention.


 COMMENT 498873 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-28 03:56 PM

I wonder how long it will be before the county posts "stay out and away from the water" signs at Hendry's and Goleta Beach parks. And for how long they stay up. Or if anybody pays attention. It's damn near certain that when the sun shines on Sunday there will be kids and dogs playing in the highly contaminated sloughs and adjacent ocean; fresh with tons of animal feces, pesticides, oil, gasoline, tire rubber off cars and trucks, and, and, and.....stuff that's been sitting on our streets and in our creeks for the last year. Surfers should know better, but they'll be there, too.

Yup. Nature is taking its course. Look, but don't go near the water.


 COMMENT 498876P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-28 04:04 PM

872P: The harbor is dredged not "to rebuild tourist beaches" but to allow access to the working harbor that would otherwise be closed because of the down coast movement of sand, especially during storms.

And important to know it is because of the fishing fleet that the channel is kept open, not the pleasure boats. It's also because there's a Coast Guard presence in the harbor that also needs to be able to get in and out for emergencies up and down the area coast.


 COMMENT 498882 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-28 04:13 PM

A study of the history of the slough -- it was originally a large harbor all the way to Fairview -- ships went in and out. Around the turn of the last century, monster rains brought down sediment, turning it into the slough. The ocean has been trying to reclaim it ever since!


 COMMENT 498884 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-28 04:16 PM

see any steelhead in the new $20M San Jose Creek Fish Passage project?


 COMMENT 498892P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-28 04:25 PM

hey 884 - go look for yourself ! Understand the science...and BE PATIENT.


 COMMENT 498893 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-28 04:26 PM

I'm not sure what the Coastal Commission has to do with opening flood channels during a storm when those flood channels need to dispose of the run off from that very storm.

The question is not one of legality but economics ... which agency gets to pay for it.


 COMMENT 498930P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-28 05:34 PM

True, 876P, and still it's always fun to watch the crews manage the big black "worm" that takes dredged slurry to the beaches to replace lost sand.


 COMMENT 498942P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-28 06:17 PM

Understand what science? The "science" of pretending that a diminished local population somehow equals an endangered species?

If the drought continues to worsen and people really start to hurt for water, the so called science of declaring the rainbow/steelhead trout "endangered" won't withstand any scrutiny.


 COMMENT 498947P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-28 06:36 PM

People are completely responsible for the predicament in which they find themselves, and thus must take ownership and responsibility for those actions. And remedial action.

Fauna and flora are not responsible for the unbelievable harm that humans have done to them. Actions to undo the harm take precedence.


 COMMENT 498977P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-28 08:54 PM

893 - not sure - learn about it. Go for it...allowing run off into the ocean is not a bad thing ...but cutting a corridor to the sea to keep runways at SBA seems to be the dilemma we face - yes environmental health and tax dollars for beds rented in Goleta or Santa Barbara.


 COMMENT 499009 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-01 08:09 AM

Unless the City of SB has plans to move the Airport out of the flood zone, not sure there are any alternatives to opening the slough....obviously, when the 217 freeway, UCSB and Airport were planned and constructed, the associated environmental impacts weren't contemplated.


 COMMENT 499154 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-01 12:37 PM

Flood Control used to go out at least annually before the rainy season and breach the sand that would build up at the mouth of the Slough every summer. Now they are tied up in a complex regulatory process to get permits to do it. This time they had get emergency permits to do what they used to do all the time routinely to prevent flooding of the Airport and surrounding area because the permit process is so lengthy and cumbersome. Not to mention that allowing stagnant water to be trapped in the Slough encourages growth of mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus and large freshwater waterfowl that are risks to aircraft instead of the shore and slough birds that are less of a risk. Keep the Slough Mouth open!


 COMMENT 499184 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-01 02:40 PM

154- I had not been aware of any cases of West Nile Virus is Santa Barbara. When did that happen? I thought the human cases had all been in the Sacramento Delta region.


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