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Slough Work
updated: Jan 10, 2017, 12:25 PM

By Dave
January 10, 2017

Wow what a difference a bulldozer and a few days make at the Goleta Slough. The before shots were taken last Thurs, the after shots Monday. The water drain was fairly dramatic given we've had 2 inches of rain since then. Also the beach outflow is interesting to watch, as the sand bank slowly collapses into the rapidly moving creek, like a mini glacial calving. Even the stilts seemed to be enjoying their new winter environment.

By Edhat Subscriber
January 9, 2017

Work was being done on Friday to create a path for the slough water flow to the ocean.

Comments in order of when they were received | (reverse order)

 COMMENT 750737 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-01-09 10:51 AM

Well it worked. The slough is definitely drained this morning. Last week it was a lake.

 

 COMMENT 750738 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-01-09 10:59 AM

10 minutes with a shovel would have breached it. No tractors needed.

 

 COMMENT 750739 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-01-09 11:00 AM

Why not just let nature take its course and do it?

 

 COMMENT 750745 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-01-09 11:26 AM

750739 - It could cause flooding on the road if it is not drained.

 

 COMMENT 750761 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-01-09 12:30 PM

100ft trench 4ft deep in 10 minutes with a shovel? Seriously 738? Just one shovel and you digging with it? You forgot to say tractors are overrated and Mexico is going to pay for it.

 

 COMMENT 750764 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-01-09 12:34 PM

761, you have clearly never seen the boys dig open the Goleta slough, Deveroux slough, or Arroyo Burro creek. A little digging, a little flow, and pretty soon it's raging. OK, maybe it will take 30 minutes if the usual beer breaks are needed. It's yukky water but so much fun.

 

 COMMENT 750766 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-01-09 12:42 PM

Gonna make a nice sandbar for a few days.....

 

 COMMENT 750770P agree helpful negative off topic

2017-01-09 12:55 PM

Thank goodness that common sense finally prevailed! I was beginning to wonder if we were going to wait until the runways were under water and the new bridge was impacted before we decided to open the channel.

 

 COMMENT 750797 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-01-09 03:00 PM

@761 All you need to do is make a trench a few inches deep, and a few inches wide, and make it long enough to go below slough water level (in this case about 50 feet). The water will begin as a small trickle and within a few minutes you will have 5 feet deep, 20 feet wide raging river. 10 minutes with a shovel is generous. I could probably do it in 5 minutes with a stick.

 

 COMMENT 750798 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-01-09 03:02 PM

We need to send JOB and Poopie over here from the islands, they know how to dig out the Waimea rivermouth... and surf it.

 

 COMMENT 750801 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-01-09 03:16 PM

Santa Barbara must play by different rules. In Ventura the Army Corps would be all over this. Recently the Santa Clara estuary was closed off and McGrath Campground flooded. They spent $400K to pump the water into the ocean rather than digging the little trench to do it.

Are they guys on the excavators responsible for the ocean pollution caused by the slough water?

 

 COMMENT 750805 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-01-09 03:23 PM

@798, I owe you money? you lookin at me brah? We pound haole dat surf da bay. No river surf for you. Split.

 

 COMMENT 750809 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-01-09 03:34 PM

801....Seriously?

"ocean pollution caused by the slough water".

 

 COMMENT 750864 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-01-09 08:07 PM

Totally illegal to breach the Goleta slough, Mission Creek, or Arroyo Burro. But, on the bright side, in about two weeks there will be no stupid EPA, Department of Education, Housing, and we'll be allies with our old pal Putin.

 

 COMMENT 750882P agree helpful negative off topic

2017-01-10 08:14 AM

864 is right. Hope you're all studying Russian.

 

 COMMENT 750883 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-01-10 08:26 AM

864 and 882P, we all need a boogeyman. Yours is Russia. Meanwhile, the kids will keep digging open the slough.

 

 COMMENT 750905 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-01-10 09:37 AM

How strange that angry Hillary supporters are venting on a post about the Goleta slough. Now I have finally seen everything.

 

 COMMENT 750945 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-01-10 01:55 PM

The slough water is filthy same goes for the "slough " at Hendry's. Unfortunately our local RV dwellers think it's acceptable to drain their vehicles fecal tanks directly into storm drains and creeks. Major cause of water pollution in our area.

 

 COMMENT 750952 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-01-10 02:25 PM

@738--lol, how many 'rivers' did I start with a stick? 100's!

 

 COMMENT 750953 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-01-10 02:29 PM

There was a big article about this in the Independent online last week, explaining the situation and all the permitting requirements, environmental concerns and airport issues. There was a link to the Slough management plan, which is very well thought out and makes good reading.

 

 COMMENT 750979 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-01-10 05:16 PM

Where can I read the law that says it is illegal to breach the Goleta slough?

 

 COMMENT 750989 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-01-10 06:08 PM

Much easier to learn to speak Russian than Chinese; then there's the alphabets…

 

 COMMENT 751099 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-01-11 09:01 AM

I realize the airport can't be allowed to flood, but it's too bad all that fresh water was released to the ocean as opposed to sinking in and replenishing our depleted water table.

 

 COMMENT 751139 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-01-11 12:33 PM

The airport/city got have previously got in trouble with federal and state agencies for breaching it unnaturally in previous years, first with the dozer, then with the siphon, now with the dozers carefully reducing the sand bar height so that the waves at early morning high tide would breach it. They even had a surveyor there.. Instead after they reduced the sandbar height to just above the slough level, with a surveyor guiding it....then some dude cut a short channel with his foot, so technically city dod not open the Slough.
Very specious by the city this blatant end run around actual laws. Disrespect for law, demonstrated by the city itself.
Laws are for some people, not others.

 

 COMMENT 751159 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-01-11 01:56 PM

Yes sounds a bit disingenuous by the city, but I wonder how high the water level can get before it floods the runways? Won't the water naturally breach the sandbar before that happens?

 

 COMMENT 751242 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-01-12 09:36 AM

In Goleta the Goodland, Mr. Tompkins talks of year round streams full of trout that flowed into the slough a century ago. Ah if only there were time machines....

 

 COMMENT 751287 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-01-12 01:19 PM

People tend to forget Goleta Beach is man made - and needs man help to remain what it was built to do.....be a recreational area and protect the airport. We have lost too much of the beach already - maybe we should call in the Corps of Engineers that built the beach and they can tell the powers that be how to maintain the beach. Sand being brought in from Santa Barbara is nice, but we need large rocks to hold some of that sand in place. The beach is getting smaller and smaller.

 

 COMMENT 751438 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-01-13 09:06 AM

287 - Please read the EIR recently completed for the Park Project 2.0 or see the slough management plan as suggested by 953 - that will get you up to speed on the realities of Goleta Beach and the sandspit.

 

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