Emergency permits allowing dumping of Montecito mud on Goleta and Carpinteria Beaches expired

All photographs, courtesy of © Adam Hogue, Shani Asayag & Vanessa Lytle, Santa Barbara High School Seniors, MAD Academy.


Heal the Ocean is pleased that the emergency permits that have allowed for the dumping of Montecito mud on Goleta Beach, as well as the deposition of debris basin material on Carpinteria Beach, are being allowed to expire February 20, 2018.

“Our hope is that the halting of these operations will allow the ocean to begin healing…”

Read Full Article; Heal The Ocean (02-2018)

Trucking Mud to the Beaches Means More Sand but Dirtier Waters, CA; Santa Barbara Independent (02-08-2018)
When Santa Barbara County dumps tons of mud from the catastrophic debris flow of January 9 on the shores of Goleta and Carpinteria, this wasn’t like anything that’s happened before. So residents are asking, “Will there be long-term effects? Might there be other locations that can share the impacts..?”

Good News’ from First Batch of Goleta Beach DNA Tests; Santa Barbara Independent (02-12-2018)
Initial DNA testing of bacteria in the mud and the surf zone at Goleta Beach, where the county is dumping mud from the Jan. 9 debris flow in Montecito, show very low to no evidence of human fecal material, a UCSB scientist said…

Montecito Cleanup Efforts Require Transport of Mud to Santa Barbara County Beaches, Noozhawk (01-12-2018)
The Santa Barbara County Flood Control District obtained emergency permits from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the California Regional Water Quality Control Board, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the California Coastal Commission to place sediment on local beaches…

As Montecito cleanup continues, a search for where to dump thousands of tons of mud; LA Times (01-11-2018)