Environmental Impact Report on Cold Spring Trail Netting?

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Equipment and workforces are about a quarter mile up from the start of Cold Spring Trail installing metal netting across the river. Is there an environmental impact report?

I’m sure a full Environmental report would show many species of plants and animals will be adversely affected. And when the boulders roll and bust down the netting who’s responsible for clean up of the jagged remains?

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Flicka May 01, 2019 09:27 AM
Environmental Impact Report on Cold Spring Trail Netting?

Someone seems to think threats from debris flows are over because some grass is growing on the hills? It's estimated there will be threats from heavy rains for 3-5 years, until substantial brush has grown to stabilize the earth and prevent rock slides.

PitMix May 01, 2019 03:05 PM
Environmental Impact Report on Cold Spring Trail Netting?

Recovery is estimated to take up to 7 years depending on the type of vegetation. But you can see all of the new growth on the hillsides, plus the waxy substance that was left after the fire which made the mudslide worse is gone, so the extreme potential that existed right after the fire is now much less. If we had the same rain intensity that occurred on 1/9, which is estimated to occur on average once every 100 years, the damage would be very much less at this point. The chance is not zero, but it is pretty small. Last one was 1969, not associated with a fire, then 2018 after a fire. Hard rains in 1992 and 1995 and 1998 and 2005 did not do it. They can rest a little easier now.

PitMix Apr 30, 2019 09:47 AM
Environmental Impact Report on Cold Spring Trail Netting?

I believe this work was permitted under emergency conditions which means they don't have to do extensive studies. At this point, 2 wet seasons after the mudflow, there is some question as to how much they are needed because of the vegetation recovery in the watersheds. Other questions exist, like how do they get a proposed backhoe into the areas to clean the nets once they get clogged if there are no access roads? And if they just dump the captured debris downstream of the nets, does that really help when the next storm comes? Best case scenario is if the nets never get used, don't require cleaning, and are taken down after 5 yrs as proposed and get stored away for the next fire in 30 years.

Always_Running Apr 30, 2019 09:38 AM
Environmental Impact Report on Cold Spring Trail Netting?

The 9+ nets are privately funded by “The Partnership for Resilient Communities,” and Montecito residents. They tried to raise at least $7 million to install, maintain and remove the nets after 5 years. Each net will be inspected within 24 hours of a storm event for repairs and/or debris removal. The articles are vague who's equipment will be used and were the boulders will be transported too.

a-1566155244 Apr 30, 2019 09:20 AM
Environmental Impact Report on Cold Spring Trail Netting?

There's a river along the Cold Springs Trail, a quarter mile from the trailhead? I'm sorry but such distortions of reality (aka histrionics) bring into question the entire premise of your concern.

nope Apr 30, 2019 08:53 AM
Environmental Impact Report on Cold Spring Trail Netting?

You don't think plants and animals were affected by the mudlside! I'd imagine clean up will be done by the same folks that had to pull bodies out of the mud. I think they'd prefer jagged metal to the alternative.

a-1566155244 Apr 30, 2019 08:53 AM
Environmental Impact Report on Cold Spring Trail Netting?

Good grief! Hasn't over-environmentalism caused enough disasters! Don't do controlled burns b/c the wildlife and flora! Don't clean out debris basis b/c we like it natural! Then disasters like raging fires and mudslides happen and people cry about the environment - but then when people try to do something to prevent another one, they cry again. Guess what - huge fires and mudslides aren't good for the flora and fauna either! Do you know how many animals died in the fires and floods?!?

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