Ongoing Operations to Clear Debris Basins

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Photos: Goleta Beach

Source: County of Santa Barbara

The Santa Barbara County watersheds impacted by the Thomas Fire have not fully recovered and remain vulnerable to increased runoff. Winter storms continue to produce a significant amount of rocks and sediment into the debris basins above Montecito and Carpinteria.

The Santa Barbara County Flood Control District (District) has worked to clear basins before, during and after these winter storms. In addition to utilizing available upland disposal sites in Buellton, Santa Paula, the closed Foothill Landfill and other County property, beach disposal at Carpinteria Beach at Ash Avenue began on Feb. 4, 2019, and will be continued as needed until affected watersheds have recovered.

Prior to beach disposal operations, the District obtains emergency permits from state and federal agencies. Emergency permits allow for disposal of beach compatible sediment at three beach locations: Carpinteria Beach at Ash Avenue, Goleta Beach County Park, and Butterfly Beach in Montecito.  Carpinteria Beach at Ash Avenue was the first location utilized for beach disposal and nourishment.  Given the impacts of the most recent storms, the County’s Goleta Beach is needed now, and preparation activities will begin on Monday, Feb. 18, 2019, with disposal planned beginning on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019.

The County’s winter storm sediment deposited on Ash Avenue significantly nourished and restored the beach helping abate the impacts of a seven-year drought. Goleta Beach County Park has also been impacted by the drought, as well as significant king tides, resulting in no beach areas during high tide.

Every effort is being made to assure safety and public access to Goleta Beach. The District has collected sediment samples from each debris basin site that will have material taken to the beach. Sediment samples will continue to be taken throughout beach sediment disposal operations. Ocean water samples were taken prior to beach disposal operations as well. To ensure that ocean water at the disposal sites meets applicable water quality standards for recreation, the County Public Health Department is monitoring. The beaches will be open unless notified otherwise and the Beachside Restaurant, located at Goleta Beach County Park, will not be impacted.

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SBZZ Feb 20, 2019 12:54 PM
Ongoing Operations to Clear Debris Basins

SBC - Please explain why you are not dumping on Butterfly Beach. Is there no access for trucks to dump directly on the beach - the wall is in the way? This is a glaring omission in this article.

goletafishsurf Feb 19, 2019 10:01 PM
Ongoing Operations to Clear Debris Basins

Sad that G beach is seeing round 2 of this mess. If only there was a better place to do this. Maybe leave the sediment in the hills where the runoff wanted it to be, and conserve fossil fuels and government money. Also, couldn't this be shared a little at butterfly close to the cemetery? Dump it right on the rocks just like what they are doing in Goleta.

a-1553647536 Feb 19, 2019 03:56 PM
Ongoing Operations to Clear Debris Basins

We stopped by to check on the beach dumping this morning. It appeared to be an efficient operation with minimal impact. The debris did not appear to contain any contaniments or man-made materials at all. Overall, to me, everything looked okay. We moved here from New York some years back, and love our local SB and Goleta beaches as compared to what we had back in NY. If only we could get some good pizza and bagels! LOL!

PitMix Feb 19, 2019 08:51 AM
Ongoing Operations to Clear Debris Basins

Does anyone know if there are any fisheries or other aquatic life that are affected by dumping silt and sand into the ocean in locations where nature does not do it? Very little gets out of the Goleta and Carpinteria marshes, but the Montecito Creeks that dump directly into the ocean probably carry a fair amount. The problems with basin material disposal, and the cost, is why the County didn't clean them out sufficiently for many years prior to 2018.

a-1553647536 Feb 20, 2019 12:58 PM
Ongoing Operations to Clear Debris Basins

NO, Goleta Beach is NOT a "desert." Yeah, it's a sandy bottom mostly, but it's teaming with life (or at least used to be). Just see all the fishermen on the wharf.

ZeroHawk Feb 19, 2019 09:01 AM
Ongoing Operations to Clear Debris Basins

yes, this is not how nature works and they are causing a chain reaction affecting hundreds, thousands of marine life. Starts with the sand crabs and birds. The sand crabs will die off (and do when covered in mud), many fish and birds eat these critters. Fish populations move or die due to the rush of toxins in the water. WE won't be able to get into the water for several more months regardless of the temperature. Captain Dave Bacon penned an op ed in Noozhawk when they first did this dump at Goleta beach. I fish there and at Carp and Butterfly. I can tell you for certain, that when they dumped at Goleta beach the first time, not only were we not to get into the ocean, but I wasn't catching fish there for months, and was told by a fellow angler, that the fish would be full of toxins and would have to be over cooked. WTF are we doing to our coastline and beaches? This is a bit over the top.

a-1553647536 Feb 19, 2019 08:46 AM
Ongoing Operations to Clear Debris Basins

The debris basins are above Montecito and Carp, so why are they trucking it all the way to Goleta? Considering that dumping already started in Carp, and now Goleta, why then when Butterfly is the closest and the source of the debris, has nothing been deposited there? Silly question.

a-1553647536 Feb 19, 2019 08:54 AM
Ongoing Operations to Clear Debris Basins

You might want to consider ACCESS. How do dump trucks access the ocean to dump their loads? The location you question would require a bucket brigade or a conveyor to bring materials from the parking lot to the beach. Just sayin...!

LocalMatt Feb 18, 2019 07:50 PM
Ongoing Operations to Clear Debris Basins

Goleta beach is eroding, trucking material to goleta beach helps keep it a beach with parking. It saves money for future beach erosion. Montecito actually does not have an option for trucking material to the beach. There is no place to bring trucks and directly dump onto the beach, unless some private land owner wants trucks on their property. I haven't heard any better ideas, that are cost effective. Please chime in if you have better resources

Red Creek Feb 19, 2019 03:09 PM
Ongoing Operations to Clear Debris Basins

People who live in Goleta and use the beach hate the transported mud because it pollutes the beach with septic system and other toxic waste from the mansions in Montecito. A little too much "trickle down" from the County of Santa Barbara. Sure would like to hear our third district supervisor Joan Hartmann's take on this conveyance of poop to her district beaches. For the second year.

ZeroHawk Feb 19, 2019 09:04 AM
Ongoing Operations to Clear Debris Basins

because it seeps into the ocean, it doesn't take truck loads naturally. This is human intervention with Mother Nature and that never works out well. natural seepage and trickles and even a constant flow are very different dynamics over a dump truck putting hundreds of thousands of lbs and cubic meters of slush and backwash.

tagdes Feb 18, 2019 08:00 PM
Ongoing Operations to Clear Debris Basins

Actually the sand from Montecito will end up back there and the silt out in the ocean. You should check out how our beaches are formed. Localmatt is correct and most importantly this is fresh erosion that is being monitored and not hazardous material. Likely cleaner than than the dog and human waste that is usual at these beaches.

a-1553647536 Feb 18, 2019 07:02 PM
Ongoing Operations to Clear Debris Basins

Ha ha nope. Driving it 15 miles up the freeway is kind of a different path. Please don’t just regurgitate the party line....with that logic, one might just abandon any need for sewer treatment, drains, etc. The biodiversity of the beaches and creeks differ so that logic only works if montecitos debris ends up on their own beaches and Goleta’s on theirs.

a-1553647536 Feb 18, 2019 03:55 PM
Ongoing Operations to Clear Debris Basins

John Palminteri Twitter, Verified account @JohnPalminteri. 2h2 hours ago. "Sediment from Montecito and Carpinteria debris basins heading to Goleta Beach starting Tuesday in addition to Carpinteria, Foothill site and Buellton."

Red Creek Feb 18, 2019 01:49 PM
Ongoing Operations to Clear Debris Basins

No County beaches in the Montecito area? Dumping in Goleta area is very unpopular, and closed the beach until summer last year. E coli anyone?

a-1553647536 Feb 18, 2019 01:42 PM
Ongoing Operations to Clear Debris Basins

This is outrageous, after contaminating Goleta Beach for almost all of 2018, the County has the audacity to do this AGAIN???? Where are the gatekeepers? Where are our representatives? NO other County does this kind of dumping. It needs to STOP.

Red Creek Feb 19, 2019 03:12 PM
Ongoing Operations to Clear Debris Basins

As long as it disappears on the beaches of the people who supplied the poop and toxic waste, it is fine with me. However, we don't want it on our beaches 15 miles north every year.

Red Creek Feb 19, 2019 03:13 PM
Ongoing Operations to Clear Debris Basins

As long as it disappears on the beaches of the people who supplied the poop and toxic waste, it is fine with me. However, we don't want it on our beaches 15 miles north every year.

Red Creek Feb 19, 2019 03:13 PM
Ongoing Operations to Clear Debris Basins

As long as it disappears on the beaches of the people who supplied the poop and toxic waste, it is fine with me. However, we don't want it on our beaches 15 miles north every year.

Red Creek Feb 19, 2019 03:13 PM
Ongoing Operations to Clear Debris Basins

As long as it disappears on the beaches of the people who supplied the poop and toxic waste, it is fine with me. However, we don't want it on our beaches 15 miles north every year.

Red Creek Feb 19, 2019 03:13 PM
Ongoing Operations to Clear Debris Basins

As long as it disappears on the beaches of the people who supplied the poop and toxic waste, it is fine with me. However, we don't want it on our beaches 15 miles north every year.

Red Creek Feb 19, 2019 03:13 PM
Ongoing Operations to Clear Debris Basins

As long as it disappears on the beaches of the people who supplied the poop and toxic waste, it is fine with me. However, we don't want it on our beaches 15 miles north every year.

Red Creek Feb 19, 2019 03:13 PM
Ongoing Operations to Clear Debris Basins

As long as it disappears on the beaches of the people who supplied the poop and toxic waste, it is fine with me. However, we don't want it on our beaches 15 miles north every year.

a-1553647536 Feb 19, 2019 03:13 PM
Ongoing Operations to Clear Debris Basins

As long as it disappears on the beaches of the people who supplied the poop and toxic waste, it is fine with me. However, we don't want it on our beaches 15 miles north every year.

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