Montecito Cleanup Efforts Require Transport of Mud to Santa Barbara County Beaches
Miramar beach, Montecito, CA. On the Tuesday morning of the deadly mudslide affecting the area, Miramar beach – located at the receiving end of one of the steep downhill road gravely affected by rushing debris and mud flows – is covered with mud and debris of all kinds. Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care
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.
Current permits allow up to 300,000 cubic yards of sediment to be placed into the surf zone at Goleta Beach and Carpinteria Beach, according to the county.
It reads in part, “Heal the Ocean asks all ocean lovers and surfers (who should accept the fact they shouldn’t get into the water right now) to support the agencies working hard to get us out of this mess.”